A Symbol of Strength and Courage

Topics: Family, Mother, Child, Childhood / Pages: 3 (996 words) / Published: Mar 22nd, 2012
Mom Louise: A Symbol of Strength and Courage

Mom Louise: A Symbol of Strength and Courage
A symbol of strength and courage, my mom has been a “wonder woman” in my eyes for many years. Mom Louise, as she was fondly called by her family, was a concerned mother of eight children. In my eyes, she was a giant among women as she nearly singlehandedly, raised her children, in a time when women were taught that no matter what, marriage is forever. My mom led her family by example as she lived a life dedicated to Christ and was a role model for those who knew her. Mom Louise was a proud mother to seven girls and one boy. I happen to be the youngest of the clan. My siblings often talk about what I call “the olden days", going into explicit details of their many childhood tales of fun and hard times mixed. Their stories were full of fun, excitement, and mischievousness. In each tale one or many of my siblings’ anecdotes would include the trouble that they had gotten themselves into, and then always tell of my mom’s response. Mom would definitely give you her opinion (as she stood with her hands on her hips, fussing at you) on whatever crazy idea you had, but she would always still come to our rescue. Now that I am an adult I see just how brave my mom really was. I didn’t always believe that my mom was courageous. When I was young, I resented her for many years for the things that I had to endure as a child. I couldn’t understand why certain decisions concerning us were made. I remember saying to myself when I become a mother I will be different, my children will have options, our life will be better. However, in a time when marriage was supposed to last forever, my mom with only a 10th grade education ended up raising her children mostly singlehandedly. My sisters and brother would often describe how my father’s drinking affected their lives when they were young. I was too young to remember those times but I was told how mom would get up early

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