Submitted by Karen Whitefoot
My story starts with the fact that I raised twins by myself. Fortunately my career as a nurse provided some flexibility, including the ability to work extra hours so we were able to afford the necessities and a home with a yard. We even went on a couple of vacations. The flexible hours also enabled me to spend time with my kids.
My own mother was home with my siblings and me full-time. I'd never want the quality of the meals I served or the cleanliness of my house to be compared with hers. Her results were impressive. I've definitely been a different kind of mother.
Both of my children have incredible work ethics. I think it's at least partly because they watched me working hard. They help pay for their schooling by working on and off campus. They are amazing, productive adults. Raising them has been my greatest accomplishment and seeing them appreciate education, work hard, and volunteer tirelessly while maintaining their grades feels great.
The fact that my kids are turning out well leads me to believe that I did something right. Different, but right.