I never had aspirations for any particular career, and although I enjoyed surprising (to me, anyway) professional success, the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in my life have come from being a mother to my wonderful daughter. I was a very hands-on mom, and we are still extremely close. She lives half-way across the country and is pushing thirty, but she still calls me nearly every day to share what's happening in her life. I've also 'adopted' some of her friends when they needed me. I even took her best friend wedding dress shopping twice because her own mother wasn't in the picture.
When I was working, I managed a brood of a dozen mostly younger employees. The best part of the job was training and mentoring them. I always kept a box of tissues on my desk, because somehow word made its way around the company that I had a good shoulder to cry on. Once when a visiting executive asked me to define my position--I was V.P. of Underwriting and New Business--I told him I was the Office Mom. He seemed a bit taken aback, but I considered it the most important aspect of my job.
|The big jade plant|
|This was just a broken stem.|
|This aeonium is showing new growth.|