My Mom Is My Biggest Hero

When I was still in high school in the early 90s, after construction took a huge dump throughout the US, my dad was forced to move to Hawaii for work so he could continue providing for our family. There are five of us kids, so we were expensive even when we were cutting way back on all other expenses. Yes, my parents were and are still married. That’s the first question most people ask.

During those few years, my mom became my hero…even if I didn’t realize it until much later.

Because during those three years, my mom worked a full-time job while she took care of us five kids. I was the oldest, and my sisters are two and four years younger than me, so of course we helped with homework, cooking, cleaning and caring for our younger brothers. We did none of this by choice, and fought with my mom pretty much constantly about the added responsibilities. I had a job, friends, and a boyfriend, and the last thing I wanted was to be stuck home taking care of kids during my senior year in high school.

While I did help out, it was not willingly or out of the goodness of my heart. I didn’t understand what was going on or why my dad had to take a job in Hawaii; as far as I knew, it was because he wanted to be there, not because he had to be there. I remember yelling at my mom about how unfair she was to make me do the things she should’ve been doing instead of me. I was a spoiled, rotten brat.

Did I mention during those three years that my dad was gone that not only did my mom work full time, but she also was going to college four nights a week trying to get her degree? I must’ve forgotten that part.

Oh, and did I mention that not only did she work and go to school full time, but she graduated with honors? I must have forgotten that part, too.

And, oh…did I tell you that not only did she work and go to school full time, she also got a second part time job to make ends meet? Yeah, I guess I forgot to mention that too.

So yes, my mom is my hero. Years later when I realized the sacrifices she was making for us, I understood and thanked her. I will never forget what she did for us. And I will make sure to always appreciate it and continue to share this story with my kids so that they understand the hard work and dedication that comes with raising a family.

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