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The best thing I learned from my mother.
“Get an education and make your own way in the world”
My mum gave up her nursing training when she got married at the tender age of 18 years and she always regretted her decision (which was pretty commonplace back in the 1950’s). She had five children in quick succession and was unable to return to fulltime work until we were all at school. She was a stay-at-home mum and spent her days cleaning, cooking and caring for her children.
My father was a hard worker but had a weakness for the ladies. He continually had affairs with other women during his marriage to my mother for a period spanning 25 years. My mum had nowhere to go – she was dependent on my dad for everything and had five children to support.
When my mum was around 40 years of age she returned to do her nursing training and obtained employment at the local Aged Care Hospital. She worked here for many years and I helped out around home taking on chores such as cooking and doing the laundry. It was a tough time for me as a 13 year old who had just commenced high school, but looking back I understand why my mum had to return to work – she wanted to be financially independent for the first time in her life.
Eventually my parents separated after 25 years of marriage which was devastating for all concerned. However, at least my mum had a career and was able to stand on her own two feet financially. She always wanted her two daughters to make something of ourselves and not fall into the trap of getting married too young and giving up our careers.
Fortunately, I did listen to her and I made my own way in the world prior to getting tied down with a husband, home and children. Now that I have a daughter of my own I continually support her in her chosen career pathway and re-iterate those wise words that my mother said to me many years ago.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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