Thankful for the strong women in my life.

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I have much to be thankful for in my life. I have been particularly lucky to have been cared for by a number of strong women.

For me, it all started with my mother. When we were younger my father did not earn a lot of money. He ran a small business that limited his income. Despite having to raise two young children my mother went to work to help support our family. Even in the years when she suffered from severe health issues, she found a way to help pay the bills. I remember one period when she was bedridden. She still took in bookkeeping work. Her boss would deliver the paperwork to our house and pick-up it up when she was done. She did that while making sure my sister and I had everything we needed. I am thankful to have such a strong woman to call mom.

When I met my wife’s family, I got to know another strong woman. My wife’s grandmother. Here was a woman that lost her husband at a young age. Shouldered with the responsibility of raising two young girls, she too went to work. With few skills and little education, she was able to find work as a telephone operator. Eventually carving out a living for herself and her children. I am thankful to have known her.

Then there is my mother-in-law, my wife’s mother, who somehow found a way to raise 7 children without the help of her alcoholic husband. Eventually creating a home for herself and her family while shaping a career for herself. Over the years she has become one of my best friends. She is someone that I am thankful to have in my life.

All of these women defied the odds at a time when women were often treated as second class citizens. Their strength and courage is remarkable.

Finally, there is one more woman that I am thankful to have in my life. My wife Sherry. When Sherry was growing up her family often didn’t know where they were going to sleep at night or where their next meal would come from. It would be enough to drive anyone to despair. But she persisted. Over the years she has battled health issues, yet always maintained her courage. She raised two successful boys, formed her own successful career and somehow put up with me for 43 years. Talk about strong!

Thank you to all these wonderful strong women. Without you, I wouldn’t be blessed with such a wonderful life.

As singer John Lennon said: “After all, I'm forever in your debt.”


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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning, Joseph. What a beautiful tribute to the strong women in your life! We have many unsung heros, including yours.

Nov 18, 2019 07:56 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - you are quite fortunate to be able to know such strong women in your life and you obviously have benefited from their strength.   Good post.  

Nov 18, 2019 10:42 AM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Awww Joseph this is a beautiful tribute to the strong, courageous women in your life. You are truly blessed!

Nov 18, 2019 01:52 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This post is a wonderful tribute to the strong women in your life.  I was especially taken by your mother-in-law who raised 7 children in spite of an alcoholic husband.  I have a neighbor who did a similar thing.

Nov 18, 2019 06:16 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - I love to read your blog posts and this one is one of my favorites because it stresses the importance of having strong women in children's lives and way beyond. Joseph, these women that have come into your lives or you into theirs taught you a lot as you continued to embark on your journey of discovery into manhood throughout your life's journey. And I'm sure you still have a lot more to learn! You're a lucky man to have these women in your life. They each have given you piece of their soul and in return you learned to live with them respectfully in peace. 

Nov 18, 2019 07:48 PM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - Your blog post was chosen to be FEATURED in the BananaTude Group! What I loved most is how you pointed out that no matter how poor, less educated, how many children or challenges like health or raising a family without a spouse can be, women can still be strong and be a role model to others. I'm glad you recognized this and featured these amazing women in your life. Through their courage and your respect for each of them, you are a better man. 

Nov 18, 2019 08:19 PM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 Thanks for the entry into November's gratitude contest. Thanks for taking the time to praise the strong women in your life. You sound pretty special yourself and they are lucky to have you! Congratulations on 43 years with Sherry! 

Nov 20, 2019 06:20 PM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joseph,
How wonderful of you to acknowledge the strong women who have been so important in shaping who you are.  John Lennon's Woman is the perfect complement to your post!  

Nov 23, 2019 08:48 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Fabulous post. My father was raised by strong women. His father left the family when he was just a young man. All of his mom's sisters stepped up to help her raise her three young children. These women all went to college and were very sucessful in their endeavors. I never recall any of them talking bitterly about my dad's father. They only said, "he was a troubled man."  And even that statement was heard very rarely. They were too busy living life and making the best of it. 

Nov 23, 2019 08:09 PM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

What a nice tribute to the women in your life. Reading your post, I remember all the strong women in my life. Thank you.

Nov 29, 2019 07:43 PM #10
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