January 15, 2011
Last signed in: February 8, 2011
My name is Glenis Lorman. I am originally from Jamaica W.I. My mother was a seamstress. She instilled in me and my siblings the value of getting a good education. She felt that that was the best way to achieve upward social and economic mobility. She worked very hard and with very limited resources did her best to give us a sound foundation educationally. The two most important institutions for her were school and church. As a result of her efforts and in spite of my rebellous attitude I was able to achieve a university level education in Jamaica. I garauated from primary school with many of the basic skills in place but I had a problem with reading. The whole mechanics of reading out with fluency was not something that I mastered. She would always encourage me and tell me that I can do it. Whenever I said that "I Can't", she would remind me with a little memory gem that goes like this. "I can't is a sluggard, Too lazy to work. From duties he shrinks, Every task he shirks. No bread on his board, No meal in his bag. His house is a ruin, His coat is a rag." Whenever I wanted to just hang out with friends and neglect my school work she had more memory gems for me. One of them goes like this. "The heights that great men, reached and kept. were not attained by sudden flight.But, they their companions slept,Were toiling upward through the night." These gems are treasured by me and they have helped me to be the person that I am today. So after completing my secondary education, I enrolled into a teachers' college at Sam Sharpe Teachers' College. While there I started to lose focus and didn't do as well as I could have. My mom still did not give up on me. She still supported me and continued to give me encouraging words. I straightened up my life and pulled myself together. This memory gem played a key role in my transformation. 'The lives of great men, It reminds, that we can make our lives sublime. And when departing leave behind. Footprints in the sands of time." After working as a teacher for 10 years I decided to pursue further studies. I read for my BA at the University of The West Indies where I graduated with a honours degree. Thank you mana for all that you did for me. Without your love, support and encouragement I would be lost.
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