I am celebrating my mom today by sharing some special memories. Even though she did not give birth to me, I felt that she did (big shout out to the Stepmommy).

I miss her so much and I’m so grateful for the life lessons she taught me. Her oh-so charming words of encouragement have made me the person I am today! Whenever I complained about anything, she would say to me: “Carolseta” – ‘Little Carol’ is what she would call me at times – “you need to grasp life like a man of brittle.”

Or whenever I got invited to go to a party or event and she and Daddy wouldn’t let me go, she would say, “not every bell that rings should be answered.”

And there is another saying that has helped me to this day – “there is no such word as can’t.” With every step I have taken, she has guided me. She never doubted or questioned my ambitions. “Hold onto your dreams – they are your dreams,” she would say.

I did kind of let go of some of my dreams. But, in this lockdown and after facing no income for months, I gained strength from my Mom’s life lessons. Thank you so much, Sylvia! I am refocused. I’m sending you my love and will always look up to heaven for your support. BIG HUGS.