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Sept. 25 Human of Greenville


Monday, September 25, 2017

What do you see when you see yourself?

"I see persistence, determination, beauty, pain, laughter, happiness. I see my kids, my future, my grandkids that I haven't even met yet. I see a woman, hardworking, sincere, and honest."

What is the best compliment you've been given?

"That I was a good mom. I've done it all myself their whole life; their dad hasn't been there."

What is something you thought you'd grow out of but have not?

"Coloring. I love to color. Seriously, me and my goddaughter color all the time. I have crayons, coloring books, markers. I love it."

As you're getting older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?

"You think about death and leaving your kids. You ask yourself, 'Did I make an impact on somebody's life?' If in my life I changed and helped one person, then I feel good. You think more about dying. I've been here almost 40 years and you look back and think, 'Where did the time go?'"

If you could make a 20-second phone call to yourself at any point in your life present or future, when would you call and what would you say?

"I would call myself when I met my kid's father and tell myself to run. God knows I love my kids, but that man put me through hell; he really did."

How did you evolve into the person you are now?

"Life, trials, tribulations mold you into the person you are. What you choose to do with the bad things that happen in your life, it all affects you. Like, I lost my dad three years ago. When I lost him, it changed me. I could have chosen to let that destroy me, but I didn't. I used it to make myself stronger."

Last words?

"Humans, in general, are stronger than they think. Women are resilient. We can do something that nobody else can; we can give birth. We bring life. We are strong; we can do so much. All we have to do is put our minds to it and believe at the end of the day you're God's child. When you feel like you're down to nothing, God is always up to something."

Photo and interview by Marlen Lizeth Luna for The Daily Reflector