A Mom First

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Ranee Tozer Professor Beaman Written Communications 20 September 2011 A Mom First Throughout my life I have had many roles and interests that have shaped my identity into the person I am today. I have been a flight attendant, avid sports enthusiast, and March of Dimes volunteer. However, none of these roles are more poignant than that of a mom. As a mom, I have found strengths and weakness I never knew existed. I have experienced my greatest joys and my deepest sorrows. I have learned patience, acceptance, understanding, and selflessness. The role of mom has many extremes. Before I had my first child, I was living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had a career in the aviation industry as a flight attendant. I was married, loved my job, my friends, and my life. The only thing missing was children. As far back as I can remember, all I ever wanted to be was a mom. I did a lot of babysitting as a young teen and often envisioned myself as the mom of the children I babysat. At family gatherings, I was always the one to hold the babies and play with the toddlers. I always loved children and was innately very nurturing. . However, all of this romanticizing about motherhood never quite prepared me for this leading role. As I was reading the essay “Who You Callin’ Bitch,” I paused and reflected on Queen Latifah’s comment that a queen, a woman with self-esteem, handles adversity with grace (Latifah 35). She sites the example of Jacqueline Kennedy. Subsequently, I thought about my role as a mom and how we set examples for our children that can be life changing. Our second son was born with a birth defect called hydrocephalis. His life ended suddenly after a complication to a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on his brain. My total focus and what kept me going was to help my oldest son deal with the loss of his brother. Through grieving,
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