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I was a little worried writing about my mother because I thought it would seem like I was looking for sympathy but I figured it was a good topic to write about because it had the largest effect on me My goal became to write an essay that didnt focus on the death or loss but on the change and growth that took place Being active is something that has always been important to me and I learned this from growing up with and observing an expert My mother was more active and involved than anyone I have ever known She had an endless energy for life and love for my two brothers and me and I have tried to be the kind of person that she was The phrase on her headstone reads A joyous and boundless energy My mother was a highly respected kindergarten teacher for twenty years In addition to working with children as a professional she was always involved in my elementary school years as a class mother or President of the PTO In the summers there were more children as we would go to sleepaway camp in Maine and she would be in charge of the youngest group of campers She was always running playing consoling planning and caring for children At home she was just as active I remember doing homework with her every night and she got so involved with it that she would practically do it for me which I thought at the time was a pretty good thing We were always going places visiting friends just learning and there was never a dull moment Though I didnt know it consciously at the time she was setting an example which I was bound to follow Over seven years ago my mother died after a long battle with melanoma I was ten at the time in fifth grade and I suppose I didnt really understand
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