The Hardest Job

May 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoI have had several jobs in my lifetime, but the hardest job — and yet most rewarding job — has been being a mother. I have seven siblings. I’m number five in line and I often thought my mom should have been nominated for sainthood for all the you-know-what she put up with as we were all growing up. She was the best example for me to be a mom. She had a strong faith and unconditional love for all of us.

Like a tower, being a mom is a 24/7–365-day job. When my kids were growing up I often thought of myself as a widow because so many times I would be attending family functions, sports and dance events by myself as my husband was out working. We were a young family trying to make a go of a new towing and repair business. There were sacrifices to be made. I guess I was just happy that at least one of us was able to go to cheer them on or help out with playground duty.

The role of women in the workforce in general has changed a lot, but for the most part we still have to take care of business and the household all the while being a mom and wife.

Despite all the challenges of being a mom while owning a tow company, I’m proud of my kids and the adults they’ve grown into. As a parent you really only want them to be healthy and happy. It was hard to watch as they stumbled and fell learning how to walk, and it’s still hard to watch as they learn life’s lessons, but I wouldn’t trade this job for anything.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you special tow ladies. I know we don’t get paid nearly enough for all we do, but we truly are blessed.