Happy Mother’s Day, Everyone!
If you are a mother, my hat is off to you who’ve undertaken the noblest profession in the world! I hope you do have a Happy Mother’s Day and that you spend the day with those you love.
On this day, I think of my own mother and how hard she worked to provide us with a wonderful life. She came from a modest background and worked several jobs so she could attend college. She worked some amazing jobs.
My Mother’s Exciting Life
After graduating high school, she moved to San Francisco and lived with her sister and brother-in-law to attend college. My mother and her brother-in-law worked in the shipyards and she worked as, you guessed it, a riveter. She was very tiny and fit in all the tight places that needed rivets. She also worked as a hostess to a world summit and met Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Charles de Gaulle. When she told me this, I was dumbstruck. She was 19 yo and knew it was an important job, but didn’t consider what this job as being exceptional. Even after she told me she still didn’t understand why I was so impressed.
One of her brothers owned a plane and taught her to fly. She had wanted to be a WASP but was told she was too short, so she became a stewardess. They weren’t called flight attendants in those days.
She met my father on a blind date. He worked in Venezuela at the time and had come home to visit.
Motherhood Changes Lives
Though marriage changed her life, she went from a carefree career woman to the mother of six, her joy and love of life never changed. She had lots of energy and constantl