A Prayer

This is just a shout into the void, I know, but I need to get it out.

If I could have one wish in this entire world, it would be for my mother to feel like she could quit her job.

I say “feel like” because my father makes enough money for them to live comfortably.  In fact, he makes more than most people.  We’re very fortunate.

The thing is it wasn’t always like that.

When I was in middle school, my father lost his job.  He was virtually unemployed for years, working night jobs and seeking opportunities with failed start-ups just to make ends meet.  It was during this time, my mother began working at her current job.

I’m not going to go into details or the countless reasons why I think she should quit her job, except to say that I do not feel that they treat her right.  I think they take advantage of her.  I know the job exhausts her to the point where she doesn’t want to see her friends or family.  And it breaks my heart.

I have had her unwavering support as I pursue my career and I am forever grateful.  She’s given up everything so that my sister and I could get good educations and be able to pursue our dreams.  She’s always put others before herself.  I love that about her.  But I also wish that she would take care of herself, put herself first every once in a while.  She deserves it.  She’s the most wonderful person in the entire world.

So this is my prayer.  I pray that something wonderful happens so that she finally feels secure enough to be able to quit her job once and for all.  I pray that she gets to live out the rest of her life joyfully and in the knowledge that she, her husband, and her daughters are going to be okay.  I just want her to be happy.  That’s all I’ve ever wanted.  And no one deserves it more.

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