My Hispanic Heritage Story: How parents with opposite traits inspired me
Hispanic Heritage is also about those of us who are acculturated.
If you look up opposites in the dictionary, you may see a picture of my parents, Rudy and Lucille. Theyre genuinely good people who raised me to respect others, value family and love God. However, when it comes to everything else, theyre night and day.
My Daily Inspiration
My mother is a very talented, caring and strong woman, but perhaps her greatest strength is her level of acceptance. She accepts people for who they are and doesnt try to change anyone. She shares her opinions but never forces them on others.
My mother has always been supportive, even in the face of some of the bad decisions Ive occasionally made. While other parents may turn their backs on, stop communicating with or even disown their children when they dont agree with their decisions or lifestyles, my mother has continuously remained supportive of her children. This acceptance of people, circumstances and life in general is an inspiration to me on a daily basis, and it has given me the confidence and freedom to pursue my desires, knowing thatno matter the outcomemy mother will always have my back.
My father is a wise, reserved and dedicated family man, and hes a true man of his word. If he says he s going to do something, consider it done. I regularly seek his advice because I know Im going to get straight talk and nothing else.
This is one of the traits I most admire in him. Hes not afraid to be honest even if he knows it may cause hurt feelings. He values being honest much more than being popular, although hes respectful when he speaks. As a result, Im ready for the truth and nothing but the truth when I come to him for advice. Although there have been times when I havent agreed with or liked what hes said, I always knew he had my best interests in mind.