Yesterday, my daughter commented that I didn’t talk about her in my blogs, so today, I’m dedicating this blog to her.
My daughter Angela has always been a source of inspiration and awe to me. She is everything that I always wanted to be, and so much more–she’s tall, I’m short; she’s slender, I’m chubby; she’s a real blond who colored her hair dark, and I’m dark-haired and color my hair blond; finally, she has beautiful blue-green eyes while mine are Elsie, the Borden Cow, brown. But the physical differences, which make people wonder how she can be my daughter, are not the reasons I admire her.
One of the things that makes me so proud of her is her ability to bounce back from adversity. No matter how many times life knocks her down, she just gets right back up and makes do with the hand she’s been dealt — make do? Never! She triumphs and comes out of her problems stronger and better than ever. How does she manage that? Well, she has a strong faith and a belief that everything happens for a reason. She’s not a fatalist; she’s a trailblazer, using what happens to grow.
The second thing I admire about my daughter is the total commitment she has made to raising her children on her own, in such a way that they will never lack for anything. Being a single mother with four children ages 7, 6, 5, and almost 4, and working full-time, is no small accomplishment. She gives them unconditional love and puts them first, above her own needs and wants. Her children are well-behaved and a joy to have around. They are not angels, by any means, but they know they are loved and that makes all the difference in the world. Everybody can have a bad day now and then, but no matter what, Mommy is there for them
Angela also has a strong work ethic. She doesn’t expect the world to support her and knows that the only way to get something she wants and needs is to persevere. Instead of whining about it, she makes it happen through hard work and determination. She has provided a good home environment in an excellent neighborhood near one of the city’s best schools for her young family and doesn’t complain about the sacrifices she’s had to make in order for it to happen. Now, she’s embarking on a new phase in her life, and I know that with her determination, she’ll succeed.
Angela is an outgoing and caring individual and when you are her friend, she’ll do anything she can for you. She gives and gives until it hurts, and it often does in this world full of people who prefer to take rather than give, but she doesn’t let that discourage her. She looks for the good in people and usually finds it. When she laughs, you want to laugh with her;when she cries, she breaks your heart.