All that I am, All that I wish to be, All that I can be, I thank my MOM. I’m finding that all that I have done and enjoy doing is serving others in any capacity that I can. Since I was a kid I enjoyed giving back by volunteering first with the March of Dimes, then the Covenant House, then joining the Navy which was followed by the Peace Corps and so on. I have always and continue to enjoy getting and staying involved in the community at home and aboard. Through it all I had a very supportive mother who believed in what I was doing. Sure she might have wanted a doctor or lawyer son like most mothers but she was supportive and happy for me doing what I enjoyed. After all I was really emulating her.
My mother was always a giving person. God and her family always came first. But she would always have time to help friends and neighbors in need. She was a bleeding heart for organizations that helped children overseas. I believe she would send something each month to these organizations, even when she did not have much to send. After my father died she had to raise nine kids on her own. I was the youngest and I remember her pushing (in a good way) three things for me to always remember. “Education is very important to make here in this world”, “always be a respectable and honest man” and last but not least but not least “DO NOT EVER FORGET GOD and pray often”. Well, I followed two out of the three until I got a bit older and wiser and now I follow all three suggestions that my mom instilled in me.
My mom may have not been prefect but she was perfect for me. She trusted my judgment on many occasions. She trusted that she taught me right. From the first time when she allowed me to stay at Meadowbrook H.S. (which was my second home and where I met such great people) and put me up in a townhouse, until I graduated, to the time she was supportive in me joining the Peace Corps to volunteer in a rural village in Guinea, West Africa (although she was worried about me being so far away).
All that I am, All that I wish to be, All that I can be is a good example of my mom, Lydie Jean-Pierre. Thank you so much mom for everything and sorry if I ever took you for granted. You have always prayed for the well-being of those you loved and I know now you have God’s ear asking him to continue to look out for us. Happy Birthday MOM!