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When my sister and I were two years old, our dad left to go to the grocery store and never came home. I don’t remember my mom being upset, but I remember her teaching my sister and I how to be strong. She didn’t want either one of us to rely on anyone but ourselves. My mom taught my sister and I how to cook and sew. We could even change our own flat tire and check the oil. Our mom was always busy working on a project in the garage. One time, our furnace stopped working and my mom thought she could fix the problem. She took my sister and I into the garage, and talked to us about machines and electronics. My mom tried to remedy the furnace problem all afternoon, and I think she tried everything. My Mom finally gave up and called the furnace contractor. I specifically remember this time in particular, because my mom had actually caused harm to the furnace. While she was attempting to troubleshoot the issue, she stripped one of the screws that holds our fan motor in place. It was rattling on in the furnace, when the furnace contractor arrived. My mom watched the furnace contractor fix the problem, and she listened intently as he explained the issue. I think my mom might have even dated that furnace contractor a few times, but that was almost 20 years ago. My mom raised my sister and I to be very independent and strong. I think we learned a lot from my mom, and I know she would be proud.

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