Essay on Mom: Teacher, Counselor, Role Model, and Friend

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Mom: Teacher, Counselor, Role Model, and Friend

When asked to identify the person who has had the most powerful influence in my life, the most obvious choice is my mom. She has been my teacher, counselor, role model, and friend for the past 17 years. For me, she has become a source of inspiration and a constant reminder of what true love really means.

In considering my mother's position and influence as a role model, I am reminded of a quote from Charlotte Bronte's Villette: "In addition she gave me the originality of her character to study: the steadiness of her virtues...the power of her passions to admire, the truth of her feelings to trust. All these things she had, and for these things I clung to her." (Chap. 4) The
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In her there lies the essence of good character with her honesty and generosity. If there is something to be done for the community or the church, there is rarely a flinch of hesitation before she adds it to a seemingly never-ending to-do list.

One of the most important roles that my mom plays in my life is that of teacher and counselor. Unlike most teenagers, I study, eat, and sleep in very close proximity to my teacher. Although this may seem downright unpleasant to some, my homeschooling experience has been a truly remarkable one. My mom has not only been my academic teacher, but also a teacher of "Life 101," something that could never be learned in a group of thirty students. I have been given a lasting and confident knowledge of myself as a person, and a moral code that serves as a firm basis to judge implications of actions. She has instilled in me a love of people as a whole, and has presented advice to me in an unthinkable amount and variety of situations.

The kind of relationship that takes most people years to attain with their mothers is one that I already cherish. The depth of our understanding of each other could only have been developed through seventeen years of patient persistence and much time shared as teacher and student and mother and daughter. When academic lessons are over for the day, I often look forward to a cup of tea in the living room with mom
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