Law Office of Kevin Jensen - May 2018

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A Mom Who’d Do Anything for Her Kids My Mother’s Story and Her Massive Influence on My Life

Though my family and I haven’t had the opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with my mom in years, every May, I make sure to have a moment to take stock of all that she’s done for me. Usually, that consists of giving her a call on the holiday and maybe sending some flowers. But this year, I thought I might do one better by writing this piece about her outsize influence on my life and let everyone know how incredible and generous she is. whom she divorced when she was only 19 or 20 years old. She became a single mom pretty young, and with the added stress of the complicated heart condition I was born with, I can’t even imagine how she managed those early years. For the first three years of my life, before she met and married the man who would become my dad, it was me and her against the world. In those circumstances, I imagine that she was forced to grow up quite a bit faster than most of her peers, but she wore it well from the start. I never felt anything but her unending love and support, her willingness to do absolutely anything for the people she loved. I’m the oldest of seven kids in my family, but I’m the only one from my mom’s first husband,

years and years, she worked thankless, difficult jobs just to supply our big brood with a vital second income. But she always had a dream of becoming a nurse and helping patients recover. After I left the house to strike out on my own, she finally had the opportunity to fulfil that dream and head back to school to earn her degree. She ended up working at the Wyoming State Hospital for over 20 years, treating the mentally ill. It’s the kind of career that I think perfectly reflects her innate personality: deeply compassionate, caring, and eager to see the good in people. To this day, my mom is the epitome of a mother’s willingness to sacrifice everything for her kids. When my youngest brother’s daughter, my little niece, was diagnosed with cancer about 18 months ago, my mom dropped everything and immediately moved up to Seattle to live with him and his wife. She could sympathize with the situation, a parent’s worst nightmare when their newborn child is given a terrifying start with a life-threatening illness. So she has devoted all her time to basically running their household, allowing them to focus their time and energy on their baby and the rest of their children. Thus far, it’s been a happy story with my niece currently in remission and the future looking bright. But honestly, I believe that my

mom would give up everything to the point where she would end up in a homeless shelter if her kids needed her to. I could continue on and on about her best qualities, her faith, her sense of humor, and her love of fun, but I’m sure people would start rolling their eyes at some point. Truly, though, it’s impossible to put into words just how much of herself she’s given for me and my family, and I can’t adequately express the breadth of my appreciation for her. This year, even though I won’t be able to cook her up some burnt toast and half-scrambled eggs like we used to as little kids, I’ll make sure

she understands just how important she is to all of us.

-Kevin Jensen

Growing up, she taught us so much about working hard and taking care of family. For

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