My mom grew up on her mother and stepfather’s dairy ranch on Avenue 18 ½ in the previous Dairyland of Madera County, during the Great Depression. Mom would share through multiple stories that she, her younger sister, and five brothers worked very hard at completing their daily chores every morning before heading off to school!
Mom married my father in 1946 upon his return from Europe at the completion of World War II which ended his commission with the United States Army. This union bore five successful, respectful children that exemplify her principles and work ethic. My mom never missed a single scheduled day of work and proudly retired from Fresno’s Unified School District with nearly 30 years of service.
Frugal from the depression, mom saved and invested well. In her day, bills were paid off on time every month, credit was earned, used only when needed, and was not deemed an entitlement as it is today. Like her mother who reared me, mom has always been an independent woman, always dignified, always bold, and always blooming! She built a great life for her family, made hard choices, and never complained about any trials or tribulations. As the matriarch of our family, she stood tall for herself and all of her children. Today she quietly rules the roost. … I celebrate my 92-year-old mother’s exceptional past and present this Mother’s Day and every day!
Be Bold and Bloom. Be the best that you can be every day, in every way no matter what the circumstances are, be your SuperSelf.