Recently, I finished my first year of law school, meanwhile my son finished his Kindergarten year in elementary school. Watching him grow is the best part of my life. Though I cherish every moment of him in his early years, I am anxious and excited about the man he will mature to be. So while I still have the opportunity, I am building myself up to be a role model for him so that he may admire who I am and what I ‘ve accomplished. It is very important to me that he be proud of who I am because I am a reflection of him as he is a reflection of me. I’m so grateful that for each accomplishment I’ve made he’s been there to witness me; from receiving my high school diploma to receiving my bachelors degree. So it was only natural, that when I was required to relocate due to my acceptance into law school, I packed my things and carried my little man along with me, despite naysayers who warned me it would be best to do otherwise. They advised me that it would be extremely difficult to live on my own in an area where I had no family or friends, care for my son, and be successful in my studies. (and there were others that simply laughed at my endeavor to pursue a law degree). Nonetheless, we moved, my son started a new school, and I began my law school journey as a young single mom. During the Christmas break I got engaged to the love of my life; a very special man to both me and my son. Now a year later from the time of our relocation, my son is graduating from his kindergarten class at his new school, I’ve successfully completed a whole year of law school, and we are now planning a wedding. What a journey! but I WOULDN’T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD. This is MY journey. I didn’t start living until my son was born; I’m so thankful that he was able to guide me along the way. My experiences in life are what make me the person I am today. I never allowed for my circumstances to define me rather it is only the person I was when I emerged OUT of the circumstance that I allow to define me. My son will grow to know that he does not need to be perfect, but he needs to have a fighting spirit; one who will not give up upon adversity or even failure. Faith and courage allow you to make a step even if it seems you’re sure to fall. These are some of the things I hope my son will learn from me as he matures into adulthood.
Nobody said the road would be easy, but I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.
A Proud Mommy