Yesterday, I went to the graduation party of a college friend’s mom who received her Bachelor’s degree. During her thank you speech, she spoke about the sacrifices and conscious decisions she made in order to raise her family. She also spoke about the challenges she had in order to have my friend as a teenage mom. As I sat there, I couldn’t help but be thankful for both my mom and my aunt.
Today, I am grateful for my aunt who sacrificed her youth to raise me and my four siblings when nobody else wanted us. For believing that we would be better off together than separated in foster homes. For caring and loving us when many people didn’t understand why she was doing it if she wasn’t getting paid. For teaching us that we can do anything we put our minds to. For doing right by us and showing that every child, regardless of their story, deserves love. But, most important giving us something to believe in, ourselves.
The journey wasn’t always easy as a single mom and we definitely weren’t always the most respectful or grateful. But she always made her job seem easy from working full-time, maintaining a clean house, cooking a meal for all of us, going over our homework just to ensure that we pass our spelling tests and the list goes on. I don’t know how she did it, but I am so happy that she did.
And I will always be grateful for my mother who made the decision to give birth to me when nobody else thought it was a good idea because of the problems I could endure throughout life. For loving me and my siblings enough to set aside her pride and allowing someone else to raise us when she was unable to. For being an ear and shoulder to lean on when I was in high school. For supporting me in every endeavor that I embark on. And for going out of her way to spend time with me even if it was to just to buy under garments. Thank you!
Happy Mother’s Day,