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One particular moment that stands out in my memory of my definition of self is becoming a mother. I was/am a single mom who had dreams of the "American family". Life did not follow. I embraced every possible moment of motherhood with my son in his infancy and early childhood. Working full-time made this a challenging endeavor, yet worth all the energy I consumed. My son is now 19, a Freshman in college with ambitions to become a teacher. It is so gratifying to see my son develop into a talented young man.