My mother-in-law recently died. She and her husband were immigrants from Colombia. They brought their four young children with them, of course, and that changed my life forever too, when I met and married her son. As her children mentioned during her memorial service, she and her husband were insistent that they would all get a good education and would complete college. To their credit, all of her children did complete college. This impacted my life as well. I met my husband in the last year of high school and when we talked about his plans to go to college, I said I didn’t think I would be going. His response was, “What do you mean? My parents would disown me if I didn’t go to college.” So, I applied and completed my college degree too.
Later, after I had two children I began to think about going back for my master’s degree but, honestly, I was scared to return to school and didn’t think I could do it. But my husband never stopped supporting me and encouraging me. I finished with two master’s degrees. For these accomplishments I must also give credit to my mother-in-law for instilling the value of an education in her children. Thank you for raising the wonderful man I married. Rest in peace Alicia.