I ask this because of something 2 people said to me:

1) I was looking at a picture of a friend's mom & aunts and uncles (7 in all) and asked which was her mom. She replied "the pretty one," which didn't help me at all, because all the women looked the same degree of pretty, and

2) My SIL was talking about a picture of my MIL when she was younger, and she said "mom looked drop-dead gorgeous in that picture." Sure, she looked nice, but I'm not sure about gorgeous.

I always thought my mom was beautiful. There's a picture of her as a Homecoming Princess when she was in High School, and I remember thinking (when I was young) that she should have gone to Hollywood.

So I thought maybe EVERYONE thinks their mom is beautiful, regardless of whether she is.