Danny Vara

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Daniel Brennan Vara was born on February 4, 1974, weighing in at six pounds, fifteen ounces. He taught me how to be a mother.

He wrote this to me on Mother’s Day 2012:

My Mom combines the strength of Catelyn Stark,

The determination of Khaleesi,

Joan Holloway’s natural red hair,

The community awareness of Leslie Knope,

The intelligence of that Good Wife character who I assume is smart,

The singing of Megan Draper,

The motherly advice of Mrs. Coach Taylor,

The tenderness of Ruth Martin,

The motherly instincts of Maeve Ryan,

And, thankfully, the heart of Doris Brennan.