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My daughters and daughters-in-law...
None of them share my blood,
but each owns a piece of my heart.
Those of you who know my story of the wacky, round-about way I became a mother, know that I am far from being a traditional mom. Always wanting a large family, but unable to to biologically conceive, chasing that dream was not easy. But from a young age, I was determined to make it happen.
By my 29th birthday, I was a single mom with one adopted child -- a slow but good start. That year, I kicked it into high gear. I married a widower I'd only known 30 days, adding 4 full time step-children to the mix. And because life wasn't crazy enough, I took on the challenge of a Native American foster child. Do the math. It adds up to six kids, all calling me mom and singing Happy Birthday to me by my 30th birthday.
Since I figured this was my one and only shot to do "the Mom Gig", I quit my job and decided to be a full time, stay at home mom. It was the most difficult thing I've ever done. Between the sheer amount of work it took to keep a family that size going, the challenges of budgeting on a single income, not to mention the nonstop drama of it all, it was not easy. There were moments I doubted my sanity. I can honestly say I have never worked so hard or cried so much. It's not something I recommend to the faint of heart. And I made a lot of mistakes -- all mothers do. But I did a lot of things right, too. Today, almost 3 decades later, I'm still happily wed and have an amazing family. All the kids are grown, educated and married. I have 13 grandchildren and I'm hoping for a few more with our youngest son just recently married. I've started a new career and I am still following my heart and my dreams by sharing my art, writing and wacky philosophy with anyone who will listen.
For me, it was the right choice.
All women are not mothers in the traditional sense of the word, but we've all had someone in our lives who, at one point or another, fulfilled at least a portion of that nurturing roll in our life. With Mother's Day right around the corner, take a moment to thank that special woman who took the time tomother you, whether she's biologically related to you or not.
My youngest son Chase, who first asked the question that inspired my whole line.
His older sisters nicknamed him "the Woogie" as a child and (the poor kid) it stuck!
We still call him " the Woog"
- Suzy Toronto
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ART SHOWS WITH SUZY
Coconut Point Art Festival
Estero/Bonita Springs FL
Sarasota Festival of the Arts
(Main St, Downtown)
February 28 - March 1
City Place Art Festival
West Palm Beach, FL
Art Fest by the Sea
Jupiter/Juno Beach FL
Las Olas - Art Fair
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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