From Lalli to Mom

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My daughter, Lalli, wrote a wonderful article that was featured in Networking Times’ Nov-Dec 2011 issue. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I’d like to share it with all my readers.

 

A Traveling Mom

by Lalli Kier

Lalli and Mom

Lalli the Love of Mom's Life, and Mom

I did not grow up in a normal household situation. I was raised in a single-parent household with my mom taking on the role of both mother and father. We moved around a lot so I constantly had to make new friends and because of Mom’s profession as a network marketer, she had to travel quite often.

Because of all this I guess you could say I had to learn to be independent at a very early age which meant I was always a bit more mature compared to most of the kids in my age group. I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing because even at an early age I became very adaptable and could easily cope with change – something a lot of people have difficulty with.

Would I have preferred my mother to be home everyday? Yes and no. Yes for obvious reasons. What kind of child wouldn’t want a mother at home with them everyday? But at the same time, growing up knowing that every time my mom would come home, the time we had together was something to treasure even more.

I would try to spend as much time as I could with her while she was home and would enjoy hearing about her adventures in India, Ethiopia, the UK and many other exciting countries. I love how, besides talking about what she saw or what she ate, Mom also shares stories about the people she has met and how they were so hospitable and kind to her, because isn’t that what network marketing is all about? People?

I remember this instance when I had to wait while Mom talked to people after one of her many speaking engagements. I was about 16 then and this was at their annual convention. People from all over the world would come up to her and tell her how her words and her story have inspired them one way or another. Housewives telling her how the business has allowed them to be more than just a housewife, and how her talks have showed them that you are never confined to what society tells you that you are. Young women approaching her telling her how she’s their role model and how they always look forward to hearing her speak. Even men thanking her for helping them understand their wives more.

It gave me a great sense of pride that people would go out of their way just to tell her that she served as an inspiration to them. My mom, the woman who would feed me soup when I was sick, the woman who used to read me bedtime stories, has done something that most of us wish we could do – she has changed lives. I am happy that my mom isn’t a housewife because I think it would have been such a shame if she wasn’t able to do what she does best – inspire people.

 

About Lalli

Lalli is completing her final year in university and aims to be a creative designer of spaces and things that enhance people’s lives.

Her accomplishments as valedictorian, class president, student council member, and church volunteer head are indicative of the leadership she’s developing. That she’s a scuba-diver, pastry chef, do-it-yourself diva, has bungee-jumping and paragliding on her bucket list tell of how limitless and fearless she is in outlook. That she’s her friends’ outing organizer and group mom speak of how she’s everybody’s little darling. She’s her brother Matt’s li’l bro and her mom’s LOML (love of my life).

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