BENEFITING: TEACHING & LEARNING COLLABORATIVE
ORGANIZER: TEACHING & LEARNING COLLABORATIVE
A tribute and pledge to Mummy on what would have been her 70th birthday
There are really no words to describe the wave of emotion that comes over me in the moments when I realize that today would have been Mum’s birthday. She would have been 70 years old today and I can only imagine how feisty, intelligent and loving she still would’ve been. For as long as I can remember, she was someone I have always looked up to and have hoped that I could grow up to be just like. Her warm smiles, joyful laughter, and all encompassing hugs still give me comfort whenever I need them.
It’s been almost 5 years since she passed and I feel her loss as though it happened just yesterday - like time has frozen because I could not have possibly gone on after losing someone so fundamental to my being. But then, as I look at my twins who came into this world a short 3 weeks after she left it, it is a glaring reminder of the time that has passed. It saddens me to think that my kids and my mom will never have known each other, and that Aanik and Keira will only see her in photos and hear about her in the memories that I share with them. But then I see pieces of her in them - Aanik’s cleanliness, Keira’s love of seafood, and both of their affinity for math - and I know that she is here.
Frequently, I still find myself wishing that I could ask her for her opinion. She was my go to person for advice and someone who always kept me grounded. In the beginning when she was gone, I wanted to pick her brain about being a new mom - after all she was the one with all the experience. She knew how to change diapers, breastfeed, manage twins without losing her sanity, and still be a working mom while making it all look so easy. After all, she had raised 4 kids of her own. But then I realized, it was those things I could figure out on my own. What I really needed was her companionship - hearing her numerous stories repeated countless times, seeing her silent laugh with the shoulder shake, watching her cackle when she found something really funny, learning how to cook all of her recipes (streamlined for simplicity), talking on the phone every day about nothing, and wishing me “good luck” just to humor my superstitions. Knowing that she was on my side, I knew I could accomplish anything because she believed in me. She made me believe in myself.
Mum, I will always need you because I am your daughter and you are my best friend and there is nothing more important to me than you. But you have taught me well, and perhaps now it’s my time to be there for my children as you have always been there for me.
I make this pledge to you for both of us. I know how much you loved me and how you always wanted me to be healthy and happy. I am doing this half marathon to stay active so that I can take care of myself and be there for the ones I love. I have never been an athlete, but I am determined to do this, and with you in my heart I know that I will succeed. And I do this for you too. I have chosen two charities that I think would best represent you. One for your love of teaching and for the improvement of math and science education in this great country – a cause very near and dear to your heart. The Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) supports professional development programs for grades pre-K through 12 in mathematics and science education. The second is for Racing For A Cure - Arthritis National Research Foundation, so that hopefully someday we will have a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have decided to channel our love for each other into something positive and I want it to be something that we would both be proud of.
Mum, the love that I have for you is absolute and all encompassing, a love that transcends all else. You are everything to me…..my teacher, my champion, my biggest fan, but most of all, my best friend. Not a moment goes by that you are not in my thoughts, and in one month, on February 21, 2016 at the Disney Princess Half Marathon I will be running for us with you alongside me in my heart!
TEACHING & LEARNING COLLABORATIVE wrote -
Ahoy, matey! Our Pi-rate Princess Crew has assembled to support #GirlsinSTEM. "All hands hoay"= Get on Board (and donate today!) The Teaching & Learning Collaborative was selected as a Charity Group for the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. All funds raised by Team TLC will support professional development programs for grades PreK-12 mathematics and science educators. For more information on The Teaching & Learning Collaborative's professional development and resources visit our site at: teachinglearningcollaborative.org or on Facebook (facebook.com/tlcpage) We hope you will help support STEM education and give a little TLC to our team. Every donation will all "add up" to support an amazing cause!