Topic: Mentors and Role Models
I chose ‘three’ women from my past who believed in me,
encouraged me and reiterated over and over to ‘never give
up in life’.
The first is the ‘park lady’, a woman who during summer
months spent her days teaching youth who never had the
opportunity to go on an actual vacation with parents. an
assortment of crafts.
This young woman taught me how to sew. Two summers
in a row at the conclusion of the summer program’s special
event I won ‘first’ place ribbons for the skirts I’d hand-sewn.
It was the beginning of a fun hobbie for me. Several years
I took night courses at the local vocational high school
(Sewing101 thru Advanced Sewing & Tailoring).
‘What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to view dresses
I’d sewn for special occasions on display at the school’s craft fair’.
Later in life I pursued the art of quilting, an excellent
choice to use up one’s 100 percent cotton remnants.
The second person who influenced my life was a
business teacher who watched me, a young teen
with great potential, suddenly become a no-show
for class resulting in a drastic drop in grades.
She kept me after class one day and inquired to what
was different in my life. I had moved and started hanging
with the wrong crowd.
Her words were truly the wakeup call I needed to hear.
Someone actually cares about me.
From that day forward I vowed to never be truant again and
hand in ALL assignments on time.
Last on my list of whom to thank is an elementary teacher who
graduated with me each year. On Saturday mornings she taught
a French class from home and I was able to go ‘free of charge’.
She was there for me thru high school and beyond even attended
Each year she’d send me a beautiful Christmas card. Many times
she’d write words I so needed to hear with regard to perseverance
in my life.
“You’re such a smart young woman; please don’t ever give up on
My life has not been a bed of roses. On occasion I share bits and
As I’m taking this trip down memory lane typing away tears are
streaming down my face.
I thank God for those ladies who influenced my life in a positive
Older and much wiser I know who does and doesn’t have my best
interests at heart.