July 18, 2011
-- It's an age old dilemma for working mothers. I followed in my father's footsteps right into a military career. He was in the Army but I chose the Navy which I love. I enjoyed traveling to new places, and I gained so many friends through the years who are all a part of my extended family. But, now that I'm a single mom (more on this later) I'm at a crossroad where it's time to choose one thing over the other.
My two loves are my military career and the other is raising my son.
When I joined the Navy nearly ten years ago my son didn't exist yet. Unfortunately, maintaining a military career and single motherhood is not a good combo due to the required travel. I'll miss too much and I don't want to miss a thing. Like knowing with absolute certainty that my son has arguably the cutest button nose ever. Or listening to him snoring in his sleep while I'm clipping his fingernails. Those moments are irreplaceable, and he'll grow up so fast. Anyway, like the old love song "Torn Between Two Lovers ...Feeling Like a Fool" I'm feeling, well torn and I'm back to being nine years old again.
Transition is never easy, but it's time for a change.
Making a crucial decision can be scary but so far so good. I've been doing things that are equally fulfilling, which is when I turned to cooking and writing as career options. Ever since I was little girl, I dreamed about writing a novel. But a funny thing happened on the way to writing that great novel. I started writing about things that I experienced instead. My cookbook, TASTE OF PANAMA: RECIPES FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS, evolved from the small catering company I run out of my home. Next, I hope to open my own restaurant serving the delicious dishes from my cookbook; what a real dream come true that would be.
At the end of my son's first year in school, I won an award for Involved Parent, which I treasure more than any other awards earned from my job. I want to stay here in my country where I can raise my boy without missing a single thing.
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