Happy Mother’s Day To My Shero -Kay Clarke

As I’ve matured into a 50 + year old woman, I’ve learned to appreciate my mom more and more each day.  When I was in my 20s, a little rebellious, and thought I knew everything- I took my mother for granted.  We’ve had our ups and downs over the years but she always has and still has my back.  My mom raised me the best she knew how even though she wasn’t raised by her mother.  She was raised by her mother’s sister in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  She moved to the Washington Metropolitan Area when she was 17 years old in 1957.

In her 20’s, she became a single parent raising two kids.  While living in the DMV with only a high school education, her strength and perseverance is how she was able to overcome life’s obstacles.  She was the mom and dad and provider for her family.  Her style, class, and finesse enabled her to secure great jobs while providing for me and my brother.  She started off at the Woodward & Lothrop department store in downtown Washington DC where she wrapped gifts during the Christmas season.  She advanced from gift wrapper to a buyer in just a matter of a few months.  While she was delighted at the opportunity to be a clothing buyer for the store, she had to resign from the position because of her responsibilities of being a mom.  She later secured a career as a Telephone Representative with the C & P Telephone Company where she advanced- later migrating over to AT&T.  After retiring from AT&T, she worked for the White House under President George Bush, Sr., and Jr, President Bill Clinton, and my favorite President Barack Obama.  One of my favorite moments with my mom is when we took a family portrait with President Barack Obama in the oval office.

My mom is a young and vibrant 77 year old who isn’t on any medication, healthy, and still tries to do her own yard work.  She still drives so look out for her in a white Cadillac truck.  She will run you over. Her favorite past time is shopping at Macy’s and going out to eat.

Although she came from humble beginnings and a country girl from the South, I admire her for all that she has accomplished in her life.  She has accomplished so much i.e., raising her children as a single parent, encouraging her children to have a relationship with God, instilling Christian principals and morals, a homeowner- paid off her home; retired from AT&T, retired from the White House, is a leader in her church, and a UBER driver for her grandchildren.

She says her next business venture is starting her own jewelry business.  I will keep you posted.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms, God Moms, Aunties, and Grand Moms. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day.

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