I was seventeen, pregnant and scared there was no help that was going to come from the father. And I still had to graduate high school. My mother and father had lost all hope in me in graduating or even being a mother. That year I found my strength through my child.
After 15 hours of labor she was here and I was determined to show her, even in her birth, that I am worthy of being her mother even at 17. So I had to build my respect for myself to give enough love to my daughter.
I worked hard to get all my credits and just to make her proud of me. As I was walking to a class seminar, my principal stopped me to explain that I had gotten the scholarship I had asked for. I was to pack up all my belongings because today would be my last day as I had earned all my credits early.
The day of the graduation I asked my sister to please sit my daughter up front to watch me. As I walked past her to get my high school diploma, she was there smiling at me. Now when she looks at the pictures today, I feel proud to explain why: why she is and will always be my determination.
Submitted by Anonymous
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Yariza, Valenzuela from Marana,AZ SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
Hey I'm very proud of you! I had to do a research paper on values and your story inspired me! This is what I wrote:
Determination is having hope, not giving up, and most of all, believing in yourself! Patience is the word for determination, because anything is possible. But anyway, I just want to say that I'm very proud of you! I wish you the best!
DELAYAH G. from Greensboro, NC OCTOBER 22, 2009
That was a beautiful story and how you made it with your daughter.
Muskaan from India SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
I admire and salute you for what you did. It was really inspirational.
Jessica from Pembroke AUGUST 19, 2008
My sister had gotten pregnant at the age of 14 having her baby at 15. Due to this, she dropped out of high school, never went to college or anything. Where she is today, and where YOU are today are completely different lifestyles. This story made me realize that anything is possible. I am really proud of you, although I don't know you.
Alphaeus from Nigeria JULY 23, 2008
You have the courage facing the truth that man is not just an arrangement of dust and ashes but harder still than stuff called will. Go on the world is waiting for you.