My mother has to be my hero. With only an eighth grade education, she raised four kids on a seamstress pay after she and my father divorced when I was 10. I remember her barely having any money to buy presents for us at Christmas, but she never acted down, always keeping our spirits up. We knew we were poor, but she always managed to have decent clothes for us and kept food on the table. Thankfully, she married my stepfather Ken when I was a senior in high school, and he took care of her after she was diagnosed with the heart disease that eventually took her life. She's been gone for 19 years, but I'll never be able to express how much she meant to me, especially after I grew up and realized how much she had sacrificed for me and my sisters.
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