As we mentioned before, choosing the “best,” Mother’s Day was pretty much an impossible task. The stories were circulated throughout the Pink Palace & we all talked about this one and that one but we kept coming back to Devon’s amazing story and her wonderful photo of 3 generations. You could feel the love in the photo and in the story and we just had to make it our choice. I called Devon to let her know she won and she was delighted! I asked her if she’d like me to send her the story back to her through e-mail so she could look it over once more before I posted it here and she told me to just go ahead and post it- she said it was written straight from the heart & she wanted it to be read that way. She had made a copy of her submission and intended to give it to her mom on Mother’s Day – won’t her mom be surprised to hear there’s a 4 foot x 6 foot piece of original artwork to go with it?! Giving that prize to Devon and her family made our day and we hope today, all of you got to spend the day with your beloved mothers, daughters, grandmothers and best friends. Now here is Devon’s story…
My mother, Barbara Jeanne Vincent, “Nana” and “Aunt Barb” is by far the most fantastic woman I know. She is 67 years old, has raised 5 children and unfortunately buried a 19-year-old son, which would have broken most women but she continued to soldier on. In a word she is a survivor and the ultimate “Supermom”.
My parents divorced after 30 years of marriage. My mother had always put her own needs aside for us children and had never attended college even though she worked tirelessly for many years to put each of her own children through college. Since my mother has always done so much for me and never asked for anything in return, at the age of 55, I took my mother by the hand and registered her for college. She worked hard, made President’s list each year and graduated in 4 years with Honors. In addition, she went on to obtain 2 Masters Degrees in Special Education and also became a Reading Specialist for low-income underprivileged children. She taught for 10 years in Charter Schools and Public Schools when most people her age were retiring. She treated the children she taught as if they were her own. She helped feed them, clothe them and even taught hygiene in her classroom when no one taught them those types of things at home. My mother spent countless hours up late at night doing lessons plans and grading papers all the while never missing any of my daughter’s concerts or award ceremonies. She has 8 grandchildren and is always there for them as well.
At age 62 after leaving the school where she taught, she suffered a massive heart attack but somehow by the grace of God and her Doctor, survived. After a 6-month recovery, instead of retiring she went back to teaching because she still wanted to make a difference in these children’s lives. All along still driving on supporting her own children and grandchildren. Did I mention she also takes care of my disabled brother who lives with her? I continually wonder, where she gets her courage and energy. Last year my mother had a Cancer scare, which after a second and then third opinion, placed her in Fox Chase Cancer Center where she had surgery and yet again survived!! She has now retired from teaching but still has not slowed down. In fact, she even attended a Lilly Trunk Show last spring on what was later to be determined as a broken ankle because she promised my daughter Kayla she would take her to get a present for graduating from 5th grade. Unbelievable!!!
I am enclosing a picture of my mother and my 2 daughters’ and I at the beach in Delaware. Notice our matching Lilly? My mother is one in a million and the words “Thank you” aren’t even enough to commend her, but on this Mother’s Day I thank her for being my fantastic, surviving, Supermom!