Today’s blog post is dedicated to the woman who taught me to love with all my heart; who taught me to be fearless and to always fight for what I believed in; a woman who taught me compassion and the importance of forgiveness; a woman who I am so proud to call my Mom.
Growing up, my parents divorced when I was very young. It wasn’t easy for my mother to start over, choosing to work full time so she could attend classes at night to better her education. Her determination and courage was driven by a mother’s desire to do the best for her child. There were times that were difficult and I know she sometimes felt guilty for working so hard. What she doesn’t know is the immense amount of respect and appreciation I always had for the sacrifices she made.
Over the years I have had the privilege of watching all of the lives my mother touched. She worked as an early childhood educator for two decades, working with many children, including those with special needs. When my daughter Olivia was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, my mother was the first to teach us the importance of advocacy, implementing the importance of early intervention by teaching my husband and I ways to stimulate our child.
After her retirement as an ECE, she would go on to become a foster parent to many children over the years, sharing her love with kids who came from lives of crisis. Some never knowing the love from a mother until they had her in their life.
I credit the mother, the woman and the individual I am today to the woman who is the grandmother to my children, my best friend…my Mom.
I love you Mom. I hope you have the best Mother’s Day possible. You truly are the best mother anyone could ask for.