Lessons From Mom

Lessons From Mom

From Victoria Grosso
What stuck with me most (and I am so glad it has) was my mother's insistence that I be more than just one dimensional. By this she meant life skills need to be acquired and not just skills for the business world.

I was set to be a professional woman - not just a mom taking care of house for me. So I found home economic skills quite unnecessary for me (I naively thought I would just pay someone else to do those things for me and that I would never be a servant to a man like I thought my mother was).

My mother made me learn things which I thought were beneath me such as to cook from scratch, clean a house, iron men's clothing, take care of basic maintenance on a car (oil change, rotate tires etc.), learn to sew, use a type writer (thank goodness as I needed that for computers), balance a check book, set up a household budget. I scoffed at all of these things but learned them. My mother told me I didn't have to use the skills if I didn't want to but it was always better to have them handy should I need them.

After working in the Financial District in Manhattan for several years I found the distant fields of back home beckoning me very strongly. I am now a SAHM (stay at home mom) to a 2 year old, with a new baby expected any day now, and I am glad I am more than just one dimensional from the business world. Because I do have this other skill set to accompany my financial skill set my dear husband and I are able to swing it for me being a SAHM. Thanks mom - you were so right and I couldn't be happier.


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