Mom: Teacher, Counselor, Role Model, and Friend
When asked to identify the person who has had the most powerful influence in my life, the most obvious choice is my mom. She has been my teacher, counselor, role model, and friend for the past 17 years. For me, she has become a source of inspiration and a constant reminder of what true love really means.
In considering my mother's position and influence as a role model, I am reminded of a quote from Charlotte Bronte's Villette: "In addition she gave me the originality of her character to study: the steadiness of her virtues...the power of her passions to admire, the truth of her feelings to trust. All these things she had, and for these things I clung to her." (Chap. 4) The virtues that stand out most poignantly in my mother's character are her dedication and self sacrifice. On the strength of her principles, she gave up a successful career in order to give my brother and I the strongest educational foundation possible. No obstacle seems insurmountable when it comes to our education; even when my algebra classes seemed to have gotten the better of her, she searched high and low until she found a capable tutor. She is passionate about what she believes, yet has reached an amiable balance of enthusiasm and reserve. In her there lies the essence of good character with her honesty and generosity. If there is something to be done for the community or the church, there is rarely a flinch of hesitation before she adds it to a seemingly never-ending to-do list.
One of the most important roles that my mom plays in my life is that of teacher and counselor. Unlike most teenagers, I study, eat, and sleep in very close proximity to my teacher. Although this may seem downright unpleasant to some, my homeschooling experience has been a truly remarkable one. My mom has not only been my academic...