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Mother's Day: Celebrating the Woman of My Life

Hailing from Equatorial Guinea amid turbulent political times, my mother immigrated to Spain in the 1960's. While she had a head full of dreams, it seems the men in her life had other career plans for her...
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Hailing from Equatorial Guinea amid turbulent political times, my mother immigrated to Spain in the 1960's. While she had a head full of dreams, it seems the men in her life had other career plans for her...

2016-05-06-1462551091-9159734-Untitledpresentation.jpgBisila with brother Boyoyo & Mom in Valencia, Spain circa 1978

My grandfather talked her into becoming a doctor, but three years into medical school in Valencia, mom quit. She always wanted to be a nurse since the age of 9. Europe was where it would all unfold. She loved children and worked in the Department of Pediatrics for over 40 years!

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My father thought being a stay-at-home mom would be more suitable. However, mom always believed she could successfully juggle motherhood and work...and she did.

Working with children at the hospital and comforting parents on a daily basis, she was always grateful to come back home to her healthy four kids. We were loved and spoiled beyond measure!

Growing up in a very traditional and catholic Spain in the 70's, I was one of the rare students whose mother worked. It felt natural for me and another reason to admire her. Very early on, my siblings and I developed a high sense of independence and self-discipline.

Mom & Grandfather

To this day, I still wonder about mom's magic work/life balance recipe, because I never felt abandoned when she was at work. Ever. She was always emotionally available and helpful with homework and such, always there. What I remember and cherish the most was mom's fantastic ability to listen to us for hours. Til this day she still does, without judgement.

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When I was in college struggling to study law and economics simultaneously, mom was my daily motivation and inspired me to keep pushing - especially upon graduating, when for over 8 months I applied for jobs unsuccessfully. I eventually became a certified attorney.

Though we are different in many ways and I feel more of the mother sometimes, mom is my best friend and together we share an unbreakable bond.

A 5 year-old Bisila with brother Boyoyo and Mom doing what she does best.

Mom being the introvert and guarded individual she is, I never thought she would one day tell me I am the person she admires the most. "How so?" I asked. "Your independence, your drive," she replied.

I guess, if you look at it I am just her mere reflection and the admiration is absolutely mutual! I feel privileged to be my mother's daughter. She is the matriarch of my queendom, my guiding light and eternally a part of me.

As we celebrate motherhood this month, I remember dearly the first time I became a mother myself. Mom was by my side at the hospital and encouraged me as she did with kids as a nurse: "You can do this Bisi, you can..." I love you mom, happy Mother's Day!