My mom is my mentor, my role model, and my best friend! There is no one I would rather receive words of wisdom from, than her! Yesterday she retired from teaching after 35+ years in the field. It was a bittersweet day for her, as she will now be able to fully enjoy the time to herself, but she will miss teaching 6 classes of high school math, that she has been doing the past 35 years.
Through her years of teaching, she has instilled wisdom and knowledge on me, like no other person has ever done. I vividly remember being in middle school and struggling with science. I was a good student but science gave me so much trouble. I remember spending hours upon hours and feeling as if I should give up. I remember one day my mom told me that while I was discouraged at the time, if I kept chugging along with my science courses and devoting my time to learning, it will one day pay off.
That middle school year I actually graduated with a B+ in science, thanks to my mom encouraging me to never give up. I went on to High School, where I actually took AP Science classes and believe it or not, ended up loving science. Thanks to my mom and learning to really love education, I ended up spending another 10+ years after High School to get my doctorate in dentistry. I don’t think I would be a dentist today if it was not for my mom.
I look forward to teaching my children all the wisdom and knowledge to succeed in life. My mom always made a point of trying to make learning fun and that is how I am now teaching my kids. Learning can be done in a way where it is exciting and effective all in one. If I could instill in my daughter, half the wisdom my mom instilled in me, I would consider myself lucky!
My mom also always made it a point to make sure we were healthy! She suggested we try out any sports that the school offered to get a feel of what we liked and what we did not like. She wanted us to stay active and fit. Television was on for about an hour a day growing up, the rest of the day was outside playing and having fun.
Along, with this, my mom always made sure we drank our full eight cups of water a day. As a mom now, I always make sure both Hayley and Zane are drinking their water to stay healthy. Water is the true thirst quencher!
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Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com says
Congratulations to your mother for retiring. Now the fun really begins 🙂
Congrats to your mother! She sounds like a wonderful, inspiring woman.
Amber Edwards says
What a fantastic Mom! I love her pearls of wisdom! She truly is inspired! Congrats to her and her retirement. She is truly one special woman!
Your mom sounds like a great woman – congrats to her on the retirement. Hopefully she enjoys it. My dad has been retired for about four years and tends to get bored but it’s also allowed him to explore interests that he used to barely have time for so it definitely has pros and cons to it, but I think it helps if people are willing to try new things or just “get out there” and do what they enjoy.
Congrats on your mom’s retirement! I’ve been teaching 16 years……thinking that I’ll be able to make it to that retirement finish line!
Jenna Wood says
It’s amazing what just replacing one drink with water can do for one’s health. You know I lost almost 50 lbs cutting out sugary drinks, and I feel so much better now that I’m well hydrated!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Your mom sounds awesome and huge congrats to her for retiring. I know she’s probably been looking forward to this time in her life for a long time 🙂
Pamela Halligan says
I feel exactly the same way about my mother. Congrats on your mother’s retirement.
Chasing Joy says
Congrats to your mom. Not many people get to touch as many lives as teachers.