I did not grow up in a normal home situation. I was raised in a single-parent household, with my mom taking on the role of both mother and father. We moved around a lot, so I constantly had to make new friends, and because of Mom's profession as a network marketer, she had to travel quite often.
Because of all this, I guess you could say I had to learn to be independent at a very early age, which meant I was always a bit more mature compared to most of the kids in my age group. I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing, because even at an early age I became very adaptable and could easily cope with change—something a lot of people have difficulty with.
Would I have preferred to have my mother home every day? Yes and no. Yes, for obvious reasons. What kind of child wouldn't want their mother at home with them every day? But at the same time, I also grew up knowing that every time my mom came home, the time we had together was something to treasure even more. I would try to spend as much time as I could with her while she was home, and would enjoy hearing about her adventures in India, Ethiopia, the U.K., and many other exciting countries. I always loved how, besides talking about what she saw or what she ate, Mom would also share about the people she had met and how they were so hospitable and kind to her.
And isn't that what network marketing is all about? People?
I remember an instance when I was about sixteen, when I had to wait while Mom talked to people after one of her many speaking engagements. This was at their annual convention, and people from all over the world were coming up to her to tell her how her words and her story had inspired them one way or another. Housewives telling her how the business had allowed them to become more than just housewives, and how her talks had showed them that you are never confined to what society tells you you are. Young women approaching her, telling her how she was their role model and how they always looked forward to hearing her speak. Even men thanking her for helping them understand their wives more.
It gave me a great sense of pride that people would go out of their way just to tell her that she served as an inspiration to them.
My mom, the woman who would feed me soup when I was sick, the woman who used to read me bedtime stories, has done something that most of us wish we could do—she has changed lives.
I am happy that my mom isn't a housewife, because I think it would have been such a shame if she were not able to do what she does best: inspire people.
LALLI KIER is completing her final year of college
and aims to be a creative designer of spaces and things
that improve people's lives. Her stints as Valedictorian,
class president, Student Council member, and church
volunteer head are indicative of the leadership she's
developing; group mom, scuba diver, pastry chef,
do-it-yourself diva, outing organizer, she's everybody's
little darling and her mom's LOML.