I’ve had hundreds of people, over the years, ask if my mother could be their mom and I’ve always agreed that she’s one of the best mothers in the world.
While the pandemic has caused major issues for millions of parents who’ve had to adjust to simultaneously working and schooling from home, my adjustment was relatively easy. That’s because, since about age 2, my youngest daughter, Anastasia, now 8, has been home schooled by my mom, Nina Robinson.
As a writer in PSE&G Communications, work life has required extra hours and effort to help keep customers and employees well informed during this pandemic. It’s actually been a joy for me, once or twice recently, to take over as teacher and witness Anastasia’s brilliance in action. How did I get so lucky?
Well, my mom started her career as a part-time substitute teacher and eventually was the principal of a well-known now defunct private school in Newark, New Jersey, The Chad School. But what brought her to live with us, 20 years ago when my elder twin daughters were age 8, was another sad time for our family – a divorce from my first husband.
My mom uprooted her life to make mine easier, but isn’t that what most mothers do? Since then I’ve never had to worry about things like babysitters, cooking dinner or cleaning, and could focus on both my career and quality time with my family.
My mom’s help was instrumental in my decision to remarry and have that third child at age 46. Anastasia, who is considerate, funny and deep, keeps our home filled with energy and laughter.
We may be stuck at home this Mother’s Day but we’re counting our blessings – and I owe each and every one of them to my mom.
Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours!