By Sônia Cavalheiro, GED Student
My name is Sônia Cavalheiro. I am 44 years old and the mother of two boys, Matt 15 and Samuel 8 years old. I am married to Marcio, who is an amazing father and the great love of my life.
I am the oldest daughter of divorced parents. I have 5 siblings and I was 12 years old when I started working to help my mother. My day began at 5 a.m. and ended at 11 at night. Often I ate nothing because I had no money for food.
Needless to say I could not finish high school. I used to dream of going to college but for me it always seemed to be a very distant dream.
Very often I caught myself thinking that it was my father’s fault that we had so many difficulties and deprivations in our family. If he was with us maybe everything would be different.
Now, my husband and I are back to school, and we are realizing the dreams we had both dreamed since our childhood. I feel like I’m growing while acquiring new knowledge. I can dream again about going to college. I want to be a Social Worker because I love helping people. This time I will not stop!
At home, we now have a new routine. We have similar subjects as our boys, so the conversations go far beyond daily school work. We are studying together which brings us closer each day.
Like everybody else, I have a lot of imperfections. I believe that the education we are acquiring helps us to be up-to-date and is helpful to our children’s school development. The knowledge we are gaining benefits not only ourselves, but also our families.
Today when I think about my family I can see how important it is for us to study and participate in our children’s lives, growing along with our children, and trying not to make the same mistakes as our parents. I’ve learned how together, the mother and father facilitate the entire process of being a family.