Good morning, everyone. Today, I would like to give recognition to my mother, who, in my opinion, is the most awesome person in my life. Up or down, thin or flush, she has stood by me and saved me from so many terrible things which could have happened. As a bullied teenager, I made so many poor choices that when I look back, I am truly amazed that I’m still alive today to talk about it. I can only imagine the nights my mom sat up while praying and crying for me back then. Although I did not appreciate her efforts back then and even snubbed them, my heart overflows with love and gratitude today.
Here is a passage from my book, “From Victim to Victor”, about how she saved me from myself.
“…It was on the night before the end of my suspension when I made the decision that I was done with school. Yes. I actually considered dropping out. I was exhausted and it was the only thing I felt that I could do to hold on to my sanity.
Although I knew that my mother would emphatically object to such an idea, I mustered up the courage to tell her during supper, after she mentioned my scheduled return to school. I simply told her, “I’m not going back.”
“What???” She asked, raising her voice.
“I’m not going back. I quit.” I told her.
“Like HELL!” She shouted.
I just shook my head.
“I’m not going, Mom! And that’s that!” I insisted.
“Oh, yes you are! You’ll go to school if I have to drag you there, kicking and screaming! You are NOT going to let them cause you to be some dumb dropout! I won’t allow it!” Mom demanded.
My mother and I went around and around about it throughout the entire evening until I finally agreed to go back.
Today, I thank my mother for having the resolve to hold firm. No matter what I threw at her, she didn’t back down and kept me from doing something, which could have had a very negative impact on my future. Because of her tenacity that night, I continued to go to school and it would be a stepping stone to an eventual college degree. I could never have done it without my awesome mother. Although we had a turbulent relationship during my ‘Hell’ years, I now sing her praises every chance I get. I have nothing but honor and respect for both of my parents…”
Mom, words can’t express how truly grateful I am for your patience and resilience. I’m who I am today because of you. Have a wonderful birthday today and know that you are truly special in the eyes of not only your children, but so many others!
“Her children rise up and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28