A lot to live up to

October 12, 2011

I told you recently about how my mum was a women’s libber in the Seventies. What I didn’t tell you was that she also helped run a women’s refuge, one of the first of its kind.

In the Eighties, she worked as a child care social worker, often facing the most appalling, brutal cases of abuse head on. No matter how frightened she was, no matter how many times she was threatened, she never avoided a visit.

In the Nineties, she retired, got an Open University degree, and retrained as a psychotherapist.

She is now retired again, 80 in November but she continues to amaze (although she can’t quite grasp the internet). And it’s from her I get my determination to succeed, no matter how big the odds.

This is my entry to the Gallery. The theme this week is ‘inspirational people’.

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  • Naomi October 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

    What an inspiring mum you have there, wish I could be that inspiring to my new baby.

  • sarahmumof3 October 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    wow well done to your mum, what a wonderful women x

  • Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy October 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Wow, how fantastic is your mum. I think it’s sometimes hard to think of your mum as being anything other than a mummy, but yours has clearly achieved loads of meaningful things in her life. Lovely post.

  • Kate October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Sounds like the most wonderful woman along with lots of others on the Gallery this week. A reminder of just how strong women can be

  • If I Could Escape October 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Awww, how proud you must be. She sounds like an amazing woman. x

  • Chris at Thinly Spread October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Fab, what a woman!