My mom, my hero, artist and advocate!
posted by: Guest Blogger
In honor of Mother’s Day, we will be featuring your motherhood essays of women you admire in our “Hero Mom” series.” For the Grand Prize winner, we’ll send them BOTH to Allure Skincare and Lash, True Bliss Massage AND Rooted in Tradition Acupuncture.
My mom hero is Sylvia Lane. She has not only impacted and shaped my life and that of my siblings (of which she has out-survived three out of five kids), but has impacted endless other children across multiple generations as someone who dedicated 31 years to teaching in Colorado.
She is an artist who is currently publishing two children’s books to further reading efforts of kids now and into the future.
She still has students who are now in their 40s and 50s approach her to say “Do you remember me? I remember you because you were my favorite teacher.” My mom usually remembers that kid.
She was actively involved in human rights efforts in schools in the 60s and 70s to ensure all kids received a good education, despite their race and socio-economic background. She truly is a change-agent. When I was a teen she informed the family that she was thinking of adopting five other kids whose mother was dying of cancer. Even though my parents did not end up adopting five more kids, Mom could never leave her work on the job. She was always very involved in her students’ lives as she was very involved in ours.
She taught us to embrace all. She would often say, “that person is just another color splotch on the palette of life.”
Through her darkest days, she stays upbeat, has a wicked sense of humor and is never reticent to let my dad know that he is not her manager.
She is currently fighting an infection and in her greatest moments of pain and suffering, vehemently states that she is the one who has to take care of family.
She would take this matriarchal responsibility into eternity if she could. This is why she is my mom hero! -Brenda Lane