I Got It From My Mama

I Got It From My Mama

Happy Mother's Day.

Dear Mom,

Although we butt heads sometimes, It's only because you and I have more in common than we both know. Here are some things I've inherited from you, or things that I want to model my life after and that I'd like to celebrate on this Mother's day; Because not only does your mother raise you, she helps mold you.

1. Your resilience.

That's something that people tell me that I have all the time, and it's something that I know I have, because I was raised by you. No matter how bad a situation is, you've always taught me to look at the brighter side and fight on.

2. Your resourcefulness.

When someone sees a tattered shirt, you see a dish rag, or a seed drier for the garden that you love so much. I've learned from you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with enough creativity and knowledge, almost anything can become a resource.

3. Your passion.

When you want to get something done, or even when you speak about something you're interested in, you have an electricity in your voice that is forever etched in my head. You're the fastest walker I have ever seen when you want to get something done. I hope to be passionate about things to a point of not caring what others thought, because that is such a rare talent.

5. Your feminism.

Because we were in a family of four girls, you've always taught us that girls are just as valuable, strong and capable as boys. Your respect for strong women is inspiring. Because of you, I've felt empowered and capable as a human being, which will help me so much when I'm out in the real world.

6. Your compassion.

You taught me that it's OK to have a big heart, even if it's guilty for things that it didn't do. You naturally want to help and make things better, while completely disregarding your own benefit. You've given me and many others the purest love I've ever seen or felt. I hope this love instills itself in me the way it does in you.

7. Your fire.

This is one of the reasons that we sometimes butt heads. You have a fire whenever you strongly believe in something, and you will defend that point without ever backing down. This is mirrored in me, and why our arguments can last for long periods of time.

8. Your patience.

This is something that is still developing in me, but something that you have an abundance of. You do things at your own pace, and you respect the pace of others. You display patience in all you do, emphasizing quality over quantity and that rolls over to your life philosophy: "Decency."

9. Your hunger.

This hunger was given to me in two ways. Your hunger for knowledge, wanting to learn everything and see everything and experience everything, to have the fullest life possible. And secondly, your literal hunger. The only thing I will splurge on is good food. At a clothing store, I go directly to the discount rack, as well as at most any other store. However, when it comes to hunger of good food, that's something that resonates with me, and always will. I ate all of the food you ever made. You could always count on me eating adobo with you at 2 a.m. on Friday night, with a fresh avocado.

10. Your color.

This was given in two ways, as well. You always lit up a room with your sense of humor and charm, which I find extremely admirable. You know how to control or present yourself, no matter the situation. Your confidence makes me envious, and although I found it embarrassing when I was younger, it's not until now when I realize how valuable confidence and willingness to speak is. Secondly, you've given me your dark hair, your brown eyes and your apricot glow. People always tell me they're jealous once summer comes around. I look down at my legs and arms and I see your color on me, that honey-glazed barbeque chicken color that's uniquely you, the one that I hugged as a little kid, the one that survives by the sunshine.

Dear Mother, I know that whenever you and I argue, you tell me that I'm "just like my father." However, I do believe that a ton of me has come from you, and I couldn't be prouder. I know that it's taken me a long time to realize your beauty, and I believe that it's an epiphany that almost every child has at some point in their life. I hope that you can forgive me for all the disrespect I've served up over the years, and I hope that you can remember all the times that I've cried on your shoulder, asked you what to do or laughed with you. I apologize taking you for granted in multiple ways, and I'd like to wish an amazing, sacrificial, bright woman a happy Mother's Day.


"Machi" the spaghetti eater, aka your second eldest daughter,

Maxine Audrey Block

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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