I am so grateful to my mother and father for bringing me into the world to grow and develop into the women I am today. My mother had a medical condition that keep her in bed much of my childhood so my father counted on me to take care of my mother and brother while he worked. This started when I was five years old. My brother learned to lean on me when he was tired, afraid, hurt, and many of the reasons you go to mom for. So my growing up years turned into responsibility years in my family. When I was 16 the doctors finally found out what was wrong with my mother and she had surgery to correct the problem. She became stronger and started to enjoy her life again.
My Grandmother Bennett who was my father’s mother spent quality time with me as a child teaching me different skills such as cooking, cleaning, canning, and crocheting. In elementary we lived down the street from my grandparents so I would walk to grandmas for lunch. We had an ongoing game of Aggravation in her basement that we played each school day after I finished my lunch. No one was allowed to touch the game when we weren’t playing because it was our game. Grandma and I also made 10 homemade pizzas in November of each year and put them in the freezer so we would have them for our Christmas Eve Family Celebration. The wonderful experiences and traditions we shared together have encouraged me to do similar experiences with my grandchildren. I also am a better mother and teacher because of the love and support she gave to me.
My Grandmother Kingen was a wonderful women. She was kind, considerate, loving, and always giving service to others. She taught me how to garden, and bake. I have always been told that I look like her and that I have her love for giving service to others. She also had health conditions that kept her in bed when I was young and I would go over and clean and take care of her. I enjoyed hearing her tell stories about her childhood, and I know that I am a better mother and grandmother because of her.
In the 5th grade I had a teacher named Mr. Sodomen who made a big impact on my life. I was a slow learner and was easily discouraged in school. Mr. Sodomen told me that I was able to do anything I put my mind to doing. He taught our class to write a grocery list and how to budget. This was a great benefit to me because my father had me make a grocery list and go shopping for food each week. Mr. Sodomen taught me that teachers make a difference and I wanted to help children like myself who needed someone to believe in them. As I helped my younger brother with homework I always remembered that I could do anything I put my mind to doing. This became my motto when I had children and I still tell my children, grandchildren, and students this today.
Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model of development (Keenan, Evans, 2009) played a big part in my childhood. The microsystem which includes the relationships I had with my parents, grandparents, teachers and other people in my life who encouraged me to be the person I am today. I am the happy, loving, giving women I am today because of each of these wonderful peoples influence in my life. Have a marvelous week!
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