This I Believe
I believe in my mom. Over the years many single mothers have been degraded and defeated in their lifetime. I believe mothers who are on their own with no support, help, or money going through what feels like the end of the world get lost in the downfall.
Throughout my childhood I never grew up with a father figure it was always just my two sisters and my mom. There were many struggles the we were faced with being without a home, no money, and having my younger sister being born with a metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria (PKU). The months we were without a home when I was five we lived in a women’s shelter after being kicked out of my grandmothers house with nothing because my younger sister is mixed. The racism and selfishness of my grandma made me resent her and hold a grudge for a long time. Now looking back at the situation maybe it was the way she was raised or taught to believe, does that make what she did acceptable? No but I have grown to realize you have to learn to forgive. After my sister was born she had to stay in the hospital for months and even after she was out of the hospital she needed to be tube fed and constantly watched but my mom was a superhero she did it all. My mom got a job, an apartment and still managed to take care of my younger sister.
Through my younger years the energy that my mom put into caring for us kids never really gave her much time to care or worry about herself. I believe the optimism that my mom has faith in has always been her safety and kept her content with the way thing were. Despite the hardships my mother was faced with at no time did I ever witness her complain, she may have been frustrated or upset that there wasn’t anymore she could do but I remember her always saying “If there isn’t a way there is always a will.” When I was younger that saying never actually made any sense to me but now that I am older and have seen and understood things it means more . If there isn’t a way to improve the how things are in the current moment there is always gonna be the will to improve life in the future. I have always been raised to be kind, respectful, thankful and overall optimistic about the things in life. I believe in optimism and the way it can make you look at life in a whole new perspective. My childhood to me has in no way been lousy despite things that life has thrown my way. Christmas, birthdays, and even easter growing up were filled with happiness and love even having no money my mom always found a way to give us the best holidays even if it wasn’t much. I have always been so grateful for the things my mom has provide for me and my sisters even though she didn’t have very much.