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I wrote about my mother on by blog teachboldly.org today and an except of what I wrote there bears repeating.
I love you, Mom!
Happiest of birthdays to you in this momentous year of your life!
From Teach & Serve III, No. 12 – Parents Are Partners
Today is my mother’s birthday and, no, I will not mention her age.
Looking back on a quarter century of work in education and with the experience of being a parent myself for over 20 years, I can say with certainty that I am very lucky to have Mom by my mom. When I was growing up, Mom was incredibly supportive of me. She was helpful. She was kind. She gave me all that she had (likely more than she should have) and was my strongest and best advocate.
She encouraged my interests. She came to my events. She cheered me on.
She loved me.
Yet she also allowed me to make choices. She allowed me to fail. She allowed me to learn on our own.
When I had challenges at school – and I had some of these all the way into my college career – she listened, she empathized, she told me, in the first instance, to handle things on my own. If I could not, she would, appropriately, step in and advocate for me. If she felt my “side” was worthy, she would advocate for me, tirelessly.
You would have to ask my sisters if they remember our childhoods and Mom’s support of us in the same manner. I bet they do. We had good childhoods with great parents.