This I Believe

mureithi - brooklynpark, Minnesota
Entered on December 20, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family

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

through. ____