Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Happy Mother’s Day to Single Mom with Daughter: Coralie and Coral Torres

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Note: When I separated from my husband of 3o years in 1990, my older two children were already living on their own with their partners, but I still had a third child at home (I was 41 when she was born.) So I became a single mom at age 51. Being a single mom was the most difficult job I ever took on, shouldering most of the child care, job search, moving, etc. When I met Coralie (a single mom) and her daughter Coral, I wanted to feature them for Mother’s Day, since they seem to be having the time of their lives as a mother/daughter family! Yay!  ellensue

 


Coralie (Cora for short) with daughter Coral

I met Cora and Coral at the fitness center where I swim indoors in the winter. Both women were in the same lane, with Cora teaching her daughter Coral swimming techniques. (Cora gave me a good tip, as well.) I learned that both were in training for events. Coral was working on a swimming meet and Cora was in training for a triathlon. Cora moved here from Puerto Rico and is a single mom with a passion for swimming.

I asked Cora to send me an update of the events she and her daughter are involved in. Here is what she sent:

This year I am training for two half-Ironman (70.3 miles): 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. 
 
– World Championship  South Africa in September 1st of 2018 in  Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This is the first time an IRONMAN World Championship event will be held on the African continent. 
 
– Atlantic City Ironman in September 23rd of 2018 (I will try to qualify for World Championship 2019 in Nice France)
 
I will be doing a few shorter distance triathlons  (Sprint and Olympic).
 
My daughter is doing (for the 1st time) a sprint distance women triathlon in Philly.  Women are taking over the City of Brotherly Love. The Inaugural Hand and Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon is an all women’s sprint triathlon will feature a 400 meter swim in the Kelly Outdoor Pool, 9 mile bike on closed roads, and a scenic 5K (3.1 Mile run) through Fairmount Park. I am so excited and pumped up for her!!!   
 
http://delmosports.com/events/womens-philadelphia-triathlon
 
https://www.facebook.com/womensphillytri/
 
I was selected in the promo picture for the Women’s Philly Tri. (See the great photo below. es)

I love this photo of Cora. Perfect picture of her love for life! es

Their enthusiasm was contagious. The link between them was palpable, so I asked Coral to send me information on her upcoming triathlon and some photos (See above and below). The photos are so good that I decided the pictures were even more descriptive of the mother/daughter relationship than the events. So here are more photos that show you how close these two women are as a family.

I celebrate them and all moms for Mother’s Day, especially single moms!

                             

 

P.S. My younger daughter and daughter-in-law moved back to the East Coast from Calif. only a few days ago. My older daughter is in Calif. and my son is in Nevada. This will be the first Mother’s Day in six years that I can spend with one of my children. I am ecstatic!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

I will probably be offline tomorrow so I can go to yoga*, then a garden nearby and afterward have lunch or dinner with my husband. Celebrating this way will keep me from being sad that I am too far from my three children to celebrate with them in person. But I received lovely cards and this bouquet of flowers from my older daughter, Eileen. The picture I took does not do the bouquet justice!

 

 

My friend Jackie sent me this simplistic rendition of Mother’s Day that really felt good. If G-d is not in your vocabulary, use Higher Power or whatever term feels right to you. Enjoy your day with whoever you share it!

 

 

Finally, my niece in California sent me this sculptured rendition of my mother playing cards, one of her favorite past times when she was alive.  Dori calls it Ma Bea! A good reminder that my mother was The Most Unforgettable Character I Have Ever Met!

 

*P.S. My younger daughter and daughter-in-law sent me a great greeting card with yoga poses and at the end, instead of Namaste, the traditional way we end our class, the card used “Momaste.” Perfect!