MY BOOK: Notes about my mother--Frieda M. (Moll) Thorp --who sacrificed her life for me after my dad left
Who has been the most important person in your life? Think about it.
A parent--mom or dad, aunt, uncle, a grandparent, a pastor, a prison guard, a friend?
For me, it would be my mother, Frieda M. (Moll) Thorp. She took her responsibility as a parent seriously. She never gave up. She loved unconditionally. And when my dad walked out on us in 1948, she was determined to survive and see that I prosper as a child and grow into productive adulthood.
She wasn't perfect. When she got pushed too hard, she could get angry. But as quickly as the buttons on her temper were pressed, it would stop. She could cry easily and did so often especially when it was just the two of us.
Why am I sharing this?
There are tens of thousands of single-moms today raising hundreds of thousands of kids by themselves. Many are doing a fine job while others are struggling and looking for a template put down by somebody who has made it through to the other side.
Think about it. When a child is conceived and there are two willing parents, it's usually the woman who gets left with the responsibility. It's a responsibility that can be overwhelming and if not exercised in the proper way can have consequences for generations.
Can moms and dads learn from the stories and experiences of others. Certainly.
My mother is a foundational individual in my personal narrative and I will start posting bits and pieces from my memory with the goal of weaving this all into a book. Without my mom, I would have never made it out of childhood. The next most important person in my whole life is my wife. She has loved with with an unconditional love and has convinced me that it won't stop.
More to come.