My mother is my best friend. Of course that isn’t to say that the relationship has always been sunshine and roses; I can vividly remember moments in my teens when I wished she would disappear. Then there was the time I went off to college and “forgot” to call for weeks. Although there were those moments, there were so many others where she graciously taught me lessons about life.
My grandparents sent my mother to catholic school during childhood until her last year of high school. She never graduated from a university because her parents didn’t believe that (as a woman) sending her to college was important. However, this didn’t stop my mother from working. She began working right out of high school, taking jobs in administration and business before becoming a certified paralegal, where she worked until retiring in early 2012.
I know there were many days where my mother didn’t want to go to work. There were also jobs where her bosses were uncaring and unappreciative of her. Yet, I still can’t remember a day where she didn’t show up and do her best. This is what laid the foundation for my work ethic – to tackle the hard days, to always give my best and to never give up.
Besides teaching me the value of hard work and responsibility, I’ve always admired my mother’s ability to befriend anyone – genuinely accepting people for who they are without judgment. I don’t think I’d be the kind of communicator I am today without her influence. Good communication skills are the key to success in all facets of life.
So on this Mother’s Day (and throughout the month of May), I want to sincerely thank my mother for all the little lessons she’s taught me – for those were the moments that have made all the difference in my life.