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My Mom!

So, I get a call from my mom on Sunday and she casually tells me that she is going to be teaching Introduction to Women's Studies at Indiana University in Ft. Wayne.

I am so freakin' happy for her I almost cried. I don't know if she knows this or not but teaching at the University level has been a dream of mine for many years, and here my mom is realizing that dream.

One of the reasons I've been so bummed out lately is because I've seen my mom work her ass off to raise three kids, work full-time and go to school part-time.

When she graduated with her Master's degree in 1999 I was soooo proud of her and hoped good things were in store for her. But unfortunatly a couple years of HELL were in store for her when she got hired to work for the city of Ft. Wayne investigating allegations of discrimination in employment and housing. She had some co-workers there who treated her like crap and she suffered much from their bullshit. My mom is a very humble person and did not in anyway deserve the bullshit these people put her through. I guess they thought a white woman who had been hired by an openly gay woman couldn't possibly be right for the job. Eventually the stress got to be too much and my mom quit this job and took a part-time job as a secretary at the University.

A secretary was what she was BEFORE she embarked on her long journey to obtain a higher education, and then here she was again, after years of struggle, a secretary.

Knowing this was happening in my mom's life made it difficult for me to stay motivated to complete my studies. Why should I when I witnessed my mom work so hard only to find herself back at square one? This scared me to death actually.

Well now it's all paying off! My mom teaching at the university! Yeah baby, sometimes dreams do come true. I am so freakin' proud of her I could die!

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karmajones
Jun. 15th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Yahoo! Way to go Mom!
scarletdog
Jun. 15th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for your mom - that is awesome news, and inspiring. I was a secretary for YEARS before I went back to school at the beginning of May and it just rocks my world to see someone actually make it out of that job for real. Thanks for sharing and give her an extra hug from me!
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