I believe my mom walks on water. She
raised 6 boys and 1 girl while working full-time as a
nurse. My mum was always working- she still is, at 60. She had a small
garden behind our house where she grew tomatoes,
potatoes, beans, carrots, onions, green beans, corn
and peas. She also was very active in the Women’s
Ministry at the church where my dad ministers. Raising
all of us kids obviously took a physical and emotional
toll on her. But she never complained. She always
picked herself up and kept going.
When I was 17, I broke my left leg as a result of
falling down a swimming pool slide. That night she
drove me to the hospital & stayed with me for hours as
I shuffled between the ER, the x-ray room, the plaster
room and finally getting fitted with crutches.Several
months later, I suffered a seizure while at school. I
was unconscious for over an hour and when I came to,
my mum and dad were there- summoned by school
officials. My dad drove us home where I got some rest
and the next day, my mom took me in to see a
neurologist. Two years later, I broke my other leg
while playing sports. My mum drove me to the ER and
stayed with me till the early hours of morning and
drove me back home. That night she only got about 3
hours of sleep, before turning around and going to
work early in the morning.
When I was 21, I left home for college. I bounced
from school to school, state to state- between Canada
and the US. Finally, I graduated from college in 2006.
As I walked across the stage to receive my degree, I
looked out into the sea of faces in the audience- and
there, far in the audience stood a familiar face,
clapping and cheering me on.
There are plenty of things I admire about my mom.
She’s not a flashy person, she doesn’t call attention
to herself; she’s honest, humble and hardworking.
She’s the reason I did not drop out of college when I
easily could have, and most importantly, I BELIEVE that she’s the
reason why I keep going, no matter what I go
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