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Mom's Nag Pad is a place of support for women and moms. I hope that while you're reading the stories about the crazy lives of others, you'll remember yourself and pick up that dream deferred. Like me, everyone should indulge a dream!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Back to the grind!

Today was the first day back to work for me since December 22 and let me tell you, it was not easy. I had gotten used to sleeping past six and wearing my pajamas past lunch. It was a nice long vacation and I was sorry to see it end.

Only one thing made me feel good about going into work today. I'm an Americorps member and I work at a family literacy site. Just before Christmas, two of our moms took the GED test and they both passed. One of them came in today to have her childrens' language skills evaluated, and the look on her face is something that can't be described. I think people who get their GED, especially those who have dealt with the hardship of teenage pregnancy and poverty, appreciate it far more than the average high school graduate. I had to drag my college sophomore kicking and screaming to every Senior activity, convinced that she would have been sorry if she missed these events (and I was right, of course). These two ladies will have a graduation ceremony with GED graduates throughout the city in May and I can assure you, they'll be floating on air the entire time.


Name: Holly Bowne said...

What a fulfilling job you have! It must be so satisfying knowing you're making a real difference in people's lives.

And good for you encouraging your daughter during her senior year. At least it sounds like she eventually realized "mama does know best!" :o)

(Thanks for following my blog and I'm happy to reciprocate!)

Naomi de la Torre said...

Wow, what an inspirational post that was, Kevin. It is so true that the harder we work or struggle for something, the more we appreciate it. Thanks for sharing!!