|Brittany might kill me for this, but here are the BAKErs at Waffle House before our last SAT ever!
I'm going to keep this short because I would like to wrap up my paper and get to bed, but as I was writing, I was also drawn back to The Whisper of the River by Ferrol Sams, which is optional-but-encouraged reading for first-year students at Mercer, my alma mater. One of my favorite quotes will forever be from this book, and I felt compelled to pull out my highlighted, falling copy of the book and throw it into my paper. Porter Osborne's father tells him,
"Some people think it's mandatory to get their sons educated and their daughters can take what's left, but I'm the opposite. A boy can work his way through school if he really wants to. I don't care if a one of my girls never draws a paycheck; I'm going to see that they all finish college. If a woman is educated, she's a better wife, a better mother, and she's going to raise better children. Every woman who gets educated improves America and is an investment in the future."
I'm not in love with the second sentence, but for a book set in the late 1930s, I'll keep mostly quiet. I think of my mom whenever I remember the quote. I was a pretty needy child and made balancing work and motherhood difficult for her at times, but even through all of the years when she stayed home with me, her education was never a waste, because she was a better wife, a better mother, and she raised better children. I'm proud of her and thankful for the path she helped pave so I could be where I am now. She makes me want to be better so I don't waste her efforts.
Something that made today great: I'm actually having a lot of fun writing this paper.
Time I woke up: 9:41 am (and it was great!)