By Virtue Of…


noun: behavior showing high moral standards

I was the first in my family, on both my mom’s side and my dad’s side, to graduate from college.  It was an extension of a state school, but I got a B.A.  I am very proud of that.  In turn, I expect all my kids to graduate from college, and not a crappy one, either.  I then got my teaching credential and taught elementary school in the early stages of family life.  After I gave up teaching, when my third child was born, I helped my husband with his business for a decade and a half.  In good times and in bad.  And I ran the house; decorated the mantles according to season, instilled traditions, managed doctors appointments, haircuts, teachers conferences, homework, meals, laundry!  But, I did it with flair.  And pride. Teaching my kids that everything in life is work.  Even marriage, children, a home…especially family.  I think they respect me for that.

Modeling is my virtue.  Saying what I’m going to do, then doing what I say; that is virtuous.  It matters.  Children don’t do as they are told, they learn what they see.  They learn what’s important by what their parents make important.  The first thing I think of each morning is my family and what they need physically, emotionally, spiritually.  It is work.  But if you are going to work on anything shouldn’t it be what you love?

I have worked hard at my life.  Mostly, at what I love.  It has blessed me with many rewards, in ways I never could have imagined.  The most of which is seeing my children work hard at their own lives.  I kind of like that about myself…being a paragon.  And being virtuous along the way.

“Love fits virtue so hold onto the light, that’s what our future will be.”


Sky Fits Heaven

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