May 10th - 21 - 30...
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – how I wonder what you are! It is fair to say the 20’s brought some answers for me. I became sober, a mother, a wife, and a businessperson!!
After spending my 20th birthday in alcohol treatment, and a visit to jail for a DUI shortly after my 21st, I paused on college and focused on working at both the family companies. One evening, my father asked what I thought about our hospitality supply company, and if I might want to see it as my future, ‘have it as mine’. From that day forward, it was no longer the job that was paying my bills but a story and legacy I became absorbed in. Moving from a ‘girl Friday’ role to Customer Service.
At 23, came the ‘surprise’ of pregnancy and just like that fate had answered who I was to be, a mom! My parents took the news surprisingly well, since I wasn’t ‘really’ in a relationship, just started dating ‘a friend’ to see how it might go. They were more focused on becoming grandparents as were the rest of the aunties and uncles. With the arrival of our baby boy, all going well, getting married was the ‘right thing’ to come next. Then purchasing our first home.
The responsibility of a mortgage, and career vision, I felt committed to doing it all, working and motherhood. A casual mention, we should consider our next child, and pregnant again. Two boys in three years, we were busy. But not done yet, unexpectedly again, the spirit delivered our 3rd boy right before turning 30. The transition from 2 – 3 is slightly more challenging than 1 – 2. I know that my sobriety was significant to managing and making it all seem ‘straightforward’.
Hmmm, like a diamond in the sky…day 280!
Thank you if you choose to join the journey. Let's hope it is more fun than tears!