READER REPORT:

Mum gave me the skills to survive

TIFFANEY MATTHEWS
Last updated 05:00 06/04/2014

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I'm sure there is something written by Shakespeare which goes along the lines of "How do I love thee, let me count the ways..."

When it comes to my Mum, I lose count.

While everyone alive can say they wouldn't be here if not for their mum, that is true for me multiple times.

I grew up in a tough neighbourhood in South Auckland. She taught me how to survive. She did her best to protect me and educate me so I could make my own decisions.

She didn't lie. She was honest to a fault. She would rather be honest and show she was human, than be a hypocrite. I can only hope to grow up and be half the human she is.

Life happens. She taught me how to deal with it. She knew she couldn't protect me from everything, and so, made sure I had the skills to look after myself.

Even when I faltered, she made sure I knew I always had a safety net.


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