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Mamma Used To Say...

Updated on October 4, 2011
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Mamma always told us to "get an education, because," mamma would say in her gentle, liquid timber voice, "it will carry you to a better place in life." Mamma used to say that once we reached that better place, we would feel wonderful about ourselves.

You see, mamma dropped out of college due to financial difficulties and our arrival into her life, but she never made us feel bad about that. She just constantly told us how much she would have liked to go further with her education; I guess that was her way of trying to motivate us.

Unfortunately, the reality was that, as much as mamma wanted to see us go beyond her achievements, as all parents do, and we did too, there just wasn't enough money to send all us kids to college back then. Mamma also didn't take into great account that racism had a lot to do with how far you got back in those days, she is such a sweet optimist, but that's for another time.

When I finished high school, I knew then that attending college wasn't in my stars. I wasn't phased though. I knew I would attend at a later time; likely after experiencing life for a bit, working for a few years, making some good money and helping mamma out. What I didn't realize in my youth was that, what I thought would only be a few years, turned into a few decades before I was able to continue my education, but mamma knew that would happen. She tried to tell me so.

Mamma used to say, " child, life has a way of getting ahead of you and throwing you curves." I didn't listen though.

My siblings and I are the first generation in our family to be educated beyond high school, and mamma is so very proud of us.

I'm not ashamed to say, that returning to complete my higher education was very long, quite rewarding yet also so very difficult. The intense fear of interacting with fellow students who were young enough to be my children was frightening; don't ask me why, because in all rationality, I should have felt superior with all my life and work experience, but I didn't.

Tackling the heavy course loads, sitting through lecture after oftentimes boring lectures, cramming for exams and countless, sleepless nights was such a struggle. However, I beamed with pride and immense pleasure every time I ended up on the honour rolls.

Believe you me, wrapping my nimble brain around some of those ambiguous literature concepts took superwoman effort sometimes, but I just kept remembering what mamma used to say, "I never had the opportunities that you children have these days, so don't waste them!" Those words would spur me on and never let me give up, no ma'am.

Now, at the end of all those long, grueling years of studying, I stand tall knowing that I followed through. I fulfilled my promise to myself of returning to school, and I gave mamma her wish of advanced education for all of her children.

When I think about this, I get a feeling of immense achievement that's so powerful, it stops my heart beating for the briefest of seconds. I know now that I will succeed in all I do; doing it my way. I will also pass on this hard-won knowledge to our next generation.

Mamma was my first and still is one of my greatest supporters. As long as she is with me, I can accomplish anything. As mamma still says, "you're a big woman now, but you'll always be my little girl."

Thank you mamma! I love you!

___________________________________, my pen is a mighty sword!

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      just so refined, thank for sharing

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So lovely - a tribute is always timely and well-deserved for our mothers. In a culture like this where she has to take a vow of abject poverty to give birth (we refuse to give women paid maternity benefits like other so-called first world countries) - still moms somehow manage.

      This was a great way to meet you by the way. Rated up of course and I will be a follower. Thanks for visiting me too!

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      ashakhan 7 years ago from india


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      callmefoxxy 7 years ago

      @Peggy W. My condolences. I believe that our loved ones who pass on never really leave us, as all they were to us remains forever vivid within our hearts and minds; cherished memories. My mother never lets me forget through her encouragement that there is no failure, no limits, just room for me to learn and grow... Thank you Peggy W for reading and commenting here.

      @Dink96. Hi and welcome. Want some popcorn? Mom's the absolute best, and I'm not in the least bit biased, lol. Thanks for dropping by. I love having company...

      @avont78. Hi avont78 (like the name). Thanks for stopping by, and it does me good to know you enjoyed my hub; thanks. Mother's are wonderful aren't they, and yes so under appreciated! I'll salute with you...

      callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!

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      Dan 7 years ago

      Another realy good hub.....heartwarming!!!!!!!

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      avont78 7 years ago from Singapore

      That's a really heart warming hub, I love it! I think mums are the most sacrificial humans on earth..I really salute them for all the things that they do!

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Your mom sounds awesome. God bless her for encouraging you at every turn.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was heartwarming and assuring as there are no limits nor time limits to what we can achieve in life...per your great mother's advice. Enjoy your mother each and every day! I just lost mine and look forward to seeing her in heaven someday. In the meantime, I plan to dwell on the great advice and memories that she left behind her as a great legacy.

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      callmefoxxy 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot Chris Eddy111. Thanks for your support. As Sean Paul says in his song, "this one comes straight from the heart." Yea, Sizzla can sing!

      Mickey Dee! Thanks so much for returning often to read my writings. I want you to know how much that means to me and how much I appreciate you for doing that.

      callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I wish I could see my Mama run. Thanks Foxxy Girl! Thank you Mama!

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Moms what would we do without them? Moms are filled with love and wisdom. They are the homemakers, peacemakers and caretakers of our lives and our planet. Gosh, I LOVE YOU MOM. Thank you MOM.

      Great hub foxxy. Love Sizzla's song too. He sings it so well. Makes me cry every time.