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Our Mothers

Debbie Kirkland

Debbie Kirkland started First Story Real Estate Company because she saw a need for radical changes in the real estate space...

Debbie Kirkland started First Story Real Estate Company because she saw a need for radical changes in the real estate space...

May 11 3 minutes read

We Celebrate Our Mothers

No matter who you are, you have a Mother. Whether raised by a natural birth mother, an adopted mother, a god-mother, aunt, or grandmother we have had women in our lives who influenced us. Some mothers have even helped shape the lives of children they've simply had for moments, moments at ball-games, sleep-overs, proms, mornings at bus stops or family dinners and meals. However you were raised, you can probably picture someone who mentored and shared something with you that influenced you today.

My mother passed away a few years ago, but I see her every day in the things around me. We didn't always agree on things, but I am forever shaped by her. I find myself looking back when I need to know how to handle situations with my own children, with friends, with work situations. Mostly, I appreciate my mom for the Home she created for me and my family. It was the gathering place for many, it was immaculate, it was full of memorabilia from our experiences, decor that she thought was beautiful or memorable pieces or simply things that made her happy. 

As I work in this real estate industry, surrounded by many Mothers, I acknowledge the many have become close friends and a support system to which only other industry professionals, agents and brokers can relate. I see a lot of sacrifices, a lot of schedule juggling, and sometimes a lot of regret for having to make choices for customers over time with family. At times I sadly see a lack of appreciation or thought of the roles we have in our families. I see these women rise again, and go back to their jobs, day after day and I am amazed by their strength and fortitude. Thank you for rising, for growing and for continuing to give of yourselves. 

As I show homes and see the things that Mothers have placed in homes, how they have made houses homes for their families. I am lucky to see mothers helping daughters and sons choose new homes, set them up and even purchase their first home.  I see a window into a diverse world, each mother different but the same, and I'm grateful for it. I could see myself in any one of their shoes as the twists and turns of life happen on so many different levels. I know that it takes a village to raise our children and an even bigger tribe to help us get through it all. I think of my friends and family that supported me, a single mom, and helped me raise my children. I thank you for sharing, for being mothers to us all.

My wish for Mothers Day is that every mother, every person who has helped mother others, feels loved, feels appreciation, feels respected and accomplished. Our world is not perfect, we are not perfect, but mothers, and all those that filled that role at different times in our lives, created something really special - each one of us. Happy Mother's Day.

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