I was given a position of power, I went from a random volunteer that would show up on Saturdays and float around to help watch the children during the program and slowly got to where I am now. Now I am a core team member that attends a conference call meeting on a weekly basis. I am contacted when a decision needs to be made. I am Walter Rodger’s right-hand man. I lead song service as well as lead the teaching program, having often times been left in charge when the Administrator is gone for the week.
Sharon married two years after graduating from high school and hasn’t had the opportunity to live by herself. Sharon was a stay at home mom that didn’t have to work because her husband took care of her and the children. Sharon also reported that she was raised by her mother and didn’t have a father figure in her life. After her husband passed away she had to start working to financially provide for the children. Sharon reported she started using opiates more after she started working.
Poverty Empowered Me to be Successful Poverty empowered me to want more in my life. The struggles of my childhood gave me the determination to succeed. When I was just three years old, my parents split up, leaving my mother to take care of my older sister and me on her own. To put a roof over our heads and food in our bellies, my mother had to work two jobs and have an abusive boyfriend because he said he would take care of us. My mother became addicted to drugs and after three years she made the change in her life to get off of drugs and be a better mother.
By way of full disclosure, I have known Matthew Parkin from birth and watched him as he grew, from a troublesome child to a full grown man. I really got to know him when he came to Tallahassee for school, in the premed tract. He has spent many hours with my family, and I have had the opportunity to observe him how he interacted with them and our friends. He has been on two medical mission trips with me in the past two years. I treated him as any other student with him finding his full fare.
When I first became a Mother, I knew that my life was going to change in so many ways. In my last year in high school, when I was eighteen, I was pregnant with my son. When I found out I was expecting all I could think was, “I am not going to make it”, and that I am going to drop out of school and was asking myself, “Why did this happen to me?” I ended up telling one of my best friends that I was expecting and I remember that he told me not to quit because I was almost done just in 3 months. So I didn’t give up, and we did all of our senior trips and I continued to do so much when I didn’t show anything. Luckily nothing extreme happen to me, I stayed away from things that will put me in danger like the rides at the water parks.
Pauline and James are divorced and are single parents to ___ (how many kids). My rationale behind interviewing single parents was to gain an insight into the lifestyle of a married parent compared to a single parent, thus explain how their relationship status has shaped their parenting roles. Furthermore, I also interviewed a stay at home father (Adam). Contrary to traditional gender roles, Adam has decided to resign from his full time job to become a stay at home father. He has been the main caregiver of his daughters since their birth while his wife, a physician, works full
The last couple of summers, I have had with the opportunity to work long days at Trestlewood, a lumberyard run predominantly by my family. When I first started the job, I viewed work as an obligatory task that must be accomplished so I could earn money. Although I was not wrong, I failed to realize the great opportunity to develop many necessary skills that would prepare me for my life. The first summer I was there, I had one goal: to just get through each day. I would show up, do my job, then leave.
“Love you, mama, Miss you”(Aviv, 2), the words of three year old Adam to his mother who was placed with the Orange County Social Services. In Rachel Aviv’s article “ Where is your mother” thirty-nine year old, single working parent Niveen Ismail, “begged” them to return her son after she left Adam unsupervised at home whilst she was out. Niveen mentions that on this tragic day that, “It was mechanical-I wasn’t thinking anymore...I was just trying to survive” (Aviv, 6) she was overworked, undernourished and had just reached a “breaking point”. Months have gone by, the Egyptian mother complied to her case plan trying to learn to “Parent American style”, attending parenting classes in high hopes of Adam being returned to her. Despite her attempts, Adam was placed with a foster family (of which Niveen only found out a couple days later) who was willing to adopt him if “Niveen’s rights were terminated”(Aviv 6).
So I decided that I would have to put my education on hold, until I could get myself together. I thought, I can always go back to school once my family life gets back to normal. Little did I know neither one was to be in my future. My family life was dysfunctional, I finally decided to divorce my abusive husband of 17 years. And all of sudden, I was a single parent taking care of three children by myself.
Everything happened so fast. I had only worked for SFC Joe Smith for a little over three months. The first incident had occurred when I was updating the computers prior to the opening of the facility to students. SFC Joe Smith had given me a warning that he only wanted me to update the computers at the end of the duty day. The problem with that was I did not know how long it would take to update the computers and I had to pick up my daughter before the daycare closed at 5:30 P.M.