Hello again, all. First, I would like to wish all of the moms out there a “Happy Mother’s Day” today. Now, I would like to focus this post on one certain mom (actually, stepmother) who is a good friend whom I had met more than eight years ago. I’m going to refer to her in this post as “VW,” which will represent her initials from middle and maiden names. Yep, those initials may make you think Volkswagen, but I wouldn’t put it past her for getting one if she wanted one.
To give you a brief description of her, she has degrees in math and art education, and she has been married to her second (and current) husband for more than 15 years. VW doesn’t have any biological kids of her own, but she has one step-daughter and two step-sons. Additionally, being the animal lover that VW is, she now also has 5 cats, two dogs, and a bird. At one time, VW had up to 7 cats. She loves all of them as if they were her own biological kids.
Back to when I met VW, we were both math teachers at the same high school for one year. She was and still is a very good teacher who has taught me how to be a better person in the long run. As a side note, we both left that school after that one year. VW gave me advice as to handle certain situations in the workplace. Additionally, she also gave me advice how to deal with certain types of people to make everything go as smoothly as possible. I’m one of those people who can be blunt at times if I feel that it is needed. Thinking about it now, she was right that I needed to work on my “people” skills, especially with teenagers and other adults who didn’t have certain traits that I have or have had. VW also acknowledged that I can work in any environment where there is a sense of stability and consistency, but she noticed that I had to work on my “soft” skill set that involved people to improve my life in the long run. For that, I thank VW for her speaking about this, which actually worked when we were coworkers and still works today in all parts of my life.
In closing, I want to say that VW is a great example of a woman who can be a mother to children who are biologically nor hers. She is also someone who has been a great role model for those who have been around her during her life. There will some people who may call her “Mom,” but I won’t be one of those people. Instead, I will call her “surrogate big sister.” Either way, I will like to keep in touch with VW, just to see how things are going with her and that she is happy. Take care.
Until next time,