In what was perhaps the most courageous decision the mother of four had ever made, she mustered the strength a few years a go to escape a 15-year marriage that had been riddled with abuse.
Although living free from fear has been a blessing, she wrote in a letter to Globe Santa this year, it has also left her with the daunting task of trying to rebuild her life while caring for her four young children alone.
“I decided that the former career I held would not suffice, as it would require 40 hours a week with travel,” she wrote. “I needed to be present in my children’s lives as we recovered from the harm that had been done to us.”
So the mother, who has a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old triplets (two sons and a daughter), said in her letter that she made a bold choice: She returned to school to study for a degree in education and has aspirations of starting a second career, this time as a teacher. The full-time class schedule, coupled with whatever work she can find, leaves money tight, but she writes that she firmly believes her investment in education is paying dividends in other ways.
“My children have learned many lessons about what is truly important in life — safety, togetherness, family, food and shelter, community, education, resilience, and resourcefulness — we take nothing for granted,” she told Globe Santa. “They have all taken a trip to school with me, sat in on classes, and visited the library; and I am working hard to be the best role model I can possibly be for them.”
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