If you had told me twelve years ago that I could love two people as intensely as I do, I don’t know if I could believe it. Now that I am the mother of two boys, one in elementary and one in middle school, my love has grown twice as much. With that love I advocate for my children every single day within the school system, it’s my priority. I would fight tooth and nail for the both of them because a mother’s love has no boundaries, really a parent’s love has no boundaries! The love for our children comes with sacrifice and hunger for them to have more than what we had.
I had a good life growing up with both of my parents. My dad modeled strength and perseverance and my mother modeled determination and the strength of a woman. Both of my parents made sacrifices for their children. My father worked two jobs often coming home very late at night. I was the daughter of a police officer and at times I didn’t know if I would see my dad when the next day rolled around. Didn’t know if I would lose him to the streets. My father worked outside of the home and my mother made it her business to take us to school every morning and she was there every day when we arrived back home. She worked as a stay at home mom, and that came with sacrifice. I’m not sure if she necessarily wanted to work outside of the home, but some mothers do so, as I said, that comes with a lot of sacrifice.
As a working mom I know at times there are things that I may not want to do, but I do them for the love of my children without looking back. It’s not that I don’t put myself first…it’s just NOT only about me anymore. I don’t place blame on my children for the choices that I make because they didn’t ask to be born. They were brought into this life thanks to the thought and intentions of my husband and myself alone. They both were planned and received with open arms. Our children are loved and appreciated every day for the individuals they are becoming. Every day I observe them evolving into young men and it makes me proud to see who they are becoming.
It gives me a great sense of pride to know someday they might have their own families. I only hope they see the tremendous sacrifice their dad and I make every single day to give them what they need. I look at them and I remember clearly all my parents did for me which is part of what drives me to be the parent that I am today, a combination of both of my parents. My parents weren’t perfect but they cemented the path that allowed me to create my own parenting road. So when I see both my children excelling in school and doing things that they love to do whether it be simple or big, I know that it comes with great love and sacrifice from my husband and me.
I wanted to take this time to write this post so if one day they are able to read it, they know that everything they have and have accomplished came with great love from both of their parents. The love that we have for the both of them is like no other and we wouldn’t be the parents we are today had it not been for them. As we continue on this journey of life I only hope they apply all that we have instilled in them into their future and, with their own families, they continue that love. That they remember the steps we took with them and apply them in their lives and that they know that our love will continue on for a lifetime to come and like ours, there will be no other!
Today, on National Love Your Children Day, I hope my boys know just how much I love and adore them. That I would do anything for them no matter what their age and I am sure their dad would say the same. Let your children know you love them today and every day…it’s the greatest gift you can give them.
<3 <3 I love you Victorio & Carter <3 <3