Since I was a little girl, I've always looked up to my mother. At twenty-eight, not much has changed. I am constantly amazed by what she's accomplished and continues to strive for.
Last year, after 30+ years in Jefferson Parish Public System, she decided to retire. Each day, she lives life to the fullest, enjoying what her years of hard work have afforded her. She is thankful for all that God has given her and reminds me to be thankful for the same. Last year, she also received the prestigious honor of receiving "The Phenomenal Woman Award" from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, where she has served on the Executive Board.
While enriching the lives of other people's children through NABSE, JABSE, Oakland Baptist Church, and her Title I work, she has always made time for me, her only daughter. She's my support, my strength, my confidant, and my best friend. Dr. Turner is a grandmother of two; London and Lenny adore her just as much as I do. She travels very regularly to spend quality time with them in Houston and her efforts are genuinely appreciated.
This Mother's Day and all the days of my life, I'm thankful for a God-fearing mother who has taught me the meaning of class, the value of hard work, and the importance of education, and the necessity of independence. She reminds me to, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path."
Happy Mother's Day, mom!