When I first started this site I wrote my about page and included all of my accomplishments. It’s funny, now that I’ve visited losts of blogs I realized that that About page isn’t really about me. So I’m going to try again.
Mrs. Kim. I got that title because I work with young children. I love working with children. They love you. They are honest. They are grateful for whatever you give them. I am passionate about helping children. You see, when I was a little girl, I suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of two step fathers and was always afraid. My mother suffered from depression and was an alcoholic.
When I was 12, we moved to Minnesota. I had a teachers that encouraged me and nurtured me. They believed in me. I started to make friends. Only problem was that I made friends that did things I shouldn’t have done. I found myself having to make a decision about who I was. I realized that I wasn’t nor did I want to be the person I was turning into. Instead I turned to writing and photography. I decided I was going to be a photojournalist and travel to places like Africa and the Congo. I was going to change the world with my photographs and my words.
Fast forward a few years and I had become a nanny on the East Coast. I realized that I really wanted to help children but I still wanted to be a writer. In college, back in MN, I met my husband and I had our daughter just before I finished college. I tried school and work and being a mom and learned a terrible truth. No offense to anyone but I learned the hard way that you can’t have everything. You can not be a great mother AND a great something else. I gave up everything and became a stay-at-home mom. It was hard but worth it. I got to be there for her first everything. I’ve gotten to be there for all four of my children’s first everything. I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences for anything even though I had to give up a lot to have them.
Now, 16 years later, my youngest is getting ready for kindergarten and I am searching for my passions again. I love serving in my church but it isn’t my passion. I feel the most passionate when I’m working in my first grader’s classroom with the kids. I have VERY strong opinions about education. I have been asked many times why I don’t home-school. There are lots of reasons but the biggest one is that I think public school is what’s best for my kids. And while we’re all there (I volunteer twice a week), I am Mrs. Kim. I am blessed with the chance to help those other kids too. I feel passionate about supporting our schools, teachers and kids. Especially the kids.
That’s why I’m Mrs. Kim. For a very long time I thought I had given up my chance to make the world a better place. Now I realize that I never gave it up at all. I’ve been working with other people’s children for 20+ years and with each one of them, I change a little part of the world. As I serve those children, I am serving God. And THAT is my passion.