I would like to tell you all a story about a little girl who was born into poverty but went on to achieve the most astounding achievement that only a child can bring to a person.
There was this little girl who was born into poverty. She had a smile that could light up a room just by walking in. This little girl had big dreams of one day obtaining her undergraduate and graduate degree in some form of legal studies. She found the field so intriguing at a very young age but when 9 was years old she was tested for a learning disability, it was discovered that this little girl had a severe case of Dyslexia. Days passed, and one day the little girl over heard her mother and family members talking about her. She was shocked to hear that her family truly believed that she would never graduate from high school or college for that matter. This really hurt the little girl’s feelings but she remember what her mom told her every day that there was nothing she could not do if she just tried.
So the little girl decided that day to prove everyone wrong. She worked hard on her studies and by the time she reached 9th grade this little girl tested out of Special Education. She only needed a tutor to help her graphs the skills of each course she was taking. She went on to graduate within the top five of her graduating class.
This young lady was really looking forward to attend college but her plans to attend college were put on hold. This now young adult became a single mother at the age of 18 of a pretty little girl born with Cerebral Palsy. The doctors told this young mother that her daughter would not ever learn skills need to live in this world of ours. This young mothers’ family wanted her to give the child up for adoption or even worse put the child into a intuition where she would get 24/7 care. The young women could not do this. She knew that her daughter could achieve anything if she had the right support and outlets. So the young mother set out to obtain all the vital resources in order to give her daughter the chance to learn all the skills needed in life as well as education. When the young lady’s daughter started 9th, the now 30 something mother, thought it was time to follow her dream of obtaining her BS in Paralegal Studies with Consideration in Family Law. So, in November of 2007 the single mother was working a full time job, raising a child with physical challenges as well as tutoring her daughter.
The years passed for these two young ladies, it was now time for graduation. The mother sat in the bleachers with tear fill eyes of joy not just because her daughter was graduating high school with her diploma but because her daughter was also awarded a scholarship for college. The daughter came up to the mother after graduation and told her mom: “Mom, if it was not for you I would not be here hold my diploma in my hands. You taught me to never give up. Thank you for all you have done for me.” The mother replied: It is I who should be saying thank you. You have taught me to never give up. Well that June the mother graduated with her BS in Paralegal Legal Studies with Consideration in Family Law. The daughter started College that fall working towards an AA in Art and the mother, once again, started back to college this time working towards her graduate degree a MS in Legal Studies. The mother will graduate with this degree May of this year. The daughter is however, in her second year of college. The daughter is such an amazing artist. Granted, her art skills are somewhat rough but what diamond is not rough. The diamond must be shaped and shine in order to become the diamond we all know it can be. That is her daughter a diamond in the rough, but with the courses she is taking I have faith that she will improve her skills to become one of the most astounding artists ever.
So who was this woman you ask? Well it is me. I was the little girl that was born into poverty. I was the little girl that struggled through K-12 because of a learning disability. I am the women who struggled in undergrad and even in graduate school. Still, my best achievement is my daughter. She has taught me more about life than any college education ever could. She has showed me that life is more than the cloths on your back, roof over your head, or even food on the table. It is the simple things a smile, laughter, a hug, and yes even love. So I do not live in poverty any more. I have learned how to cope with my learning disability and find other ways to achieve my goals and I even have one degree under my belt with another on its way.
Yet, when God picked me to be the mother of one special little girl born with Cerebral Palsy 21 years ago, I had no idea how much she would change my life. I remember hearing somewhere that we teach our children as they grow up but I would like to believe that it is both ways. My daughter, the one who doctors gave up on, showed the world that anything is possible if you just try hard enough. So when life gets you down and you just want to give up, Don’t! Life is not what is always seems it is how you make it, If my daughter and I can reach our goals so can you…there is nothing anyone cannot do if they have faith, pray, determination, will power and persistence. You just have to dust yourself off stand up and say I am going to do this! After all, anything worth having is worth working for!
I just wanted to share this with you all, because if I can help one person not to give up on his or her dream by my story then I have made a difference in this world. It only takes one person to change the world how you change it now that is a whole different story.