I Wanted a Better Life for Myself and My Mother

I was so eager to get away from where I grew up. There is so little going on in most small towns, and that is definitely how it is in the one that I grew up in. Because there wasn’t much to do there, a lot of the kids would get into trouble by doing things they shouldn’t. This would often lead to them not going to school, but I wanted to make something of myself. I was accepted to go to a college in Nevada, and so I went looking for apartments for rent in Henderson NV so that I could find one to live in. I was so excited about the changes that were coming to my life!

My mom raised me on her own. So, she struggled a lot, but she did her best. She always made sure that I had the things that I needed, and she worked hard to make sure that happened. When I grew older, I began noticing how many things she goes without so that she can make sure that she gives me what she thinks I need. That is another reason that I knew that I needed to get out of our small town. I knew that the only way I could get a good job was to make sure that I got a degree. And with a good job, I wanted to be able to give back to mom by helping her financially.

I invited my mother to go with me to look for apartments. On the drive there, I looked over at her and saw that she was crying. She said she felt that she was losing me. I told her that she was welcome to move out of our old place and move in with me if she wanted to. Instead of renting a one bedroom, we decided to get a two bedroom together.