Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your day! Today is my weekly installment of “Friendly Fridays” a get to know me segment. I hope you all have been enjoying it, so far.
At 19, I became a single/teen parent. It was an eye-opening experience. I became an adult at this time. I was going to college at the time and I was going to have an abortion. I went to a clinic in Atlanta and it had to be fate. I was at the wrong clinic. I called the other clinic and they told me that it was too late. I was devastated. I was just beginning to start my life. How was I going to have a child?
When I got back to college, I cried my heart out. I was not ready, I was not ready to be a mom! I was not ready to take care of someone else. I loved my independence. I loved shopping, going to do what I wanted to do, and just being so care free. My life was over. I went on to complete my first semester at Fort Valley State University. I didn’t return the next semester.
I had my daughter on January 22, 1996. Her name is Qwarhdariyah Shabre. It was the beginning of my life. Everything changed. I had a great support system. My mom was there for me. She was my greatest support system along with my step-dad who has now passed. She was everything to him. He called her “lil Debbie”… all I ate was those Little Debbie snack cakes when I was pregnant with her.
Being a parent, I was going to have to provide for my child. Her dad and I were together and he was a great support as well. He has been and is always in her life. I knew I had to work in order to take care of her and myself. I didn’t rely on the government to help me take care of my child. I wasn’t taught to live my life like that. I did benefit from the WIC program and Medicaid program to assist me in taking care of my daughter.
I grew up! I returned to college about a year later. I was driving back and forth, working, and being a mom! Unfortunately, I didn’t graduate from Fort Valley, but I have no regrets about where my life has taken me.
Life may not go as you plan, but, life does keep going! ✴♥✴♥
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