My job

Scholarship Entrant: Taylor from Knoxville, TN
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Taylor: 8

For me, it isn’t a question of what I love most, but who. That would be my son. I already do the hardest, strangest, most worrisome, enlightening, uplifting and scariest job in the world. See, I’m a working mom.
Never in my life have I held a position that wields so much influence and authority while also possessing so much fear and uncertainty. Thoughts like ” Am I messing my son up by not being with him?” and “I wonder what I’ve missed today” flow constantly through my mind.
While my fears abound in my position of ”Mom”, I have great triumphs as well when I hear my son tell his friends that I taught him how to cook macaroni in the microwave or that I taught him what the word “respect” means. I heart fills with pride to hear him introduce a child he has just met as “my friend”. Or to watch him demonstrate something he has learned. I encourage his artistic ability and praise his intelligence. I reprimand his bad decisions and discuss alternative actions for the future. I allow him to dream. I let him be a kid. Full of wonder and innocence and goodness and I pray fervently that he retains that as he grows older.
I cannot say that I am changing the world. I can say that the beginning of change in the world starts at home. It starts with mom and dad. There is no way to measure the value of that.

Vote for Taylor: 8

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