This interview only intensified the love I have for my mother, if that is even humanly possible—to love someone as much as I love her. My mother is the strongest person I know, she has been through so much in her lifetime, enough pain to last any one person.
As I’ve grown older and out of my ‘rebel against the parents’ teen stage, I’ve come to cherish and appreciate every last thing my mother does for me. She has provided me with this life and I am only here because of her, in every way possible. She is my rock, my shelter. A safe haven. Best friend. Love of my life. She never fails to inspire me or motivate me to be a kinder, more beautiful person—just like her. Time and time again I say this, but I love you momma, forever and always, too much for my heart to handle. Thank you.
What were you like as a child?
I was a tomboy, getting into everything and doing some things I shouldn’t have but I wouldn’t have changed a thing, it was a great time to grow up.
Who was your role model as a kid? Who is it today?
As a child, my father. He was an amazing man and father. I only wish he could have met all of my children.
Is there anything in your childhood you wish you could have changed? Why?
My insecurity. As with many children, we all want to fit in and as I have grown into an adult I realized that it is what I feel about myself that determines how I look at the world and everyone else.
What do you feel like you inherited from your mom and dad?
Patience and wisdom. Kindness and an ability to be myself.
Who was your favorite person to spend time with when you were a teenager? Why?
My father as I’ve already mentioned. But he was also kind, smart and caring man. My mother was always there and always listened to everything that we told her even if it was the smallest thing.
What was the most popular song when you were in high school? What kind of music did you like to listen to?
Mostly 70’s music. Dream Weaver and anything from Chicago.
When did you realize you were a woman?
When I gave birth. To me it was a life changing event.
What were your defining characteristics as a young adult before you were a mom or wife?
Big brown eyes, long chestnut hair, tall and free. I did enjoy having lots of fun.
What dreams and aspirations for the future did you have beyond making a family?
I never dreamed beyond being a mother or wife. That’s all I’ve ever known.
What was dad like when you met him?
He was funny, shy at times. Cute and confident. At one time I thought I could wait [to get married] but that thought changed. I thought he was wonderful and fell in love.
What was it like being pregnant with me? Was it different with my siblings?
You were the last so it was easier, I was an old pro at it and more relaxed. (I have four siblings!)
What is your proudest moment as a mother?
Simply giving birth to all of you.