When I was in college at an elite low acceptance rate university, many fellow co-eds who observed me dressed up on campus for work and play misperceived I came from a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Silver Spoons background and lifestyle. Though I was a grounded and humble workaholic who gave back at every chance, I struck most as overprepared and maybe even a little spoiled as I led the ways for my peers inside and outside the classroom.
Then people would meet my parents, who look like they can be my brother and sister, and be very surprised at what they had gotten wrong. It is sad that such a doomsday stereotype comes to people from backgrounds of a certain color, country, zip code, or in my case, parental age. I was not raised to know I was supposed to have barriers or “disadvantages,” so I never had any and I grab life for all it is worth. Like daughters of senior or highly educated parents, I just want to live life in a way that would make not only my parents but my many grandparents proud. With me my mom and dad learn how different, and similar, kids can be from them, as they age gracefully.
I wrote about the many advantages I had as a child of a teen mom over at SheKnows.com.
Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy!