Apr 012017


This month, I decided to share with everyone one of the reasons why I keep on pushing.  Last month, my daughter told my hubby she was going to a high school technology competition and bringing home an award.  She completed her matter-of-fact statement with, “It’s been 7 years since I won a trophy, so it’s long overdue!”

Please keep in mind that this is our 16-year-old daughter, the one who loves school and everything about it.  Side note, everyone, she gets that from her Momma!

So, entering this competition was not a biggie for her as was her bringing home a medal.  If I must be honest, I will admit to everyone that although she is a straight “A” student, I was concerned I might have to console her when she came home.  It’s not because I did not have faith in her.  I know first-hand what she is capable of doing.  My desire to prepare an “it’s okay speech” is because I always prepare for a half-empty glass.

In this particular situation, I was worried that because she was so determined about bringing home a trophy, I just knew her heart would break if she did not.  If and when that happened, I wanted to ensure I was there to pick up the pieces and dry the tears. My daughter was officially successful in making me worry for the rest of the day.

So fast forward to the end of the school day and my hubby is texting me to tell me the news.  Apparently, our teenage Wonder Woman went to the competition and did the darn thing.  Not only did she keep her word of winning a medal, but she came in 2nd place at the SkillsUSA North Carolina, South Central Regionals Competition for Advertising Design.  As I am sharing this with you, I am still smiling with joy.

What is so amazing about this feat is my hubby said, with 1000% confidence, “She is going to bring home a medal!”  I, of course, appeared to be the Debbie Downside by worrying about consoling her.

Folks, when I tell you I am walking away from this experience with a newfound admiration for lessons learned, I am running and screaming it from the rooftops!  You see, for the past few experiences I have shared with you guys, well nearly all of them, I have professed over and over again how important it is for Somerville and me to set a good example for our kids.

Up until recently, I wholeheartedly believed you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  My daughter has changed that concept for me.  After watching her set a goal and then accomplish it, my hat comes off, and I am bowing at the waist side.

Kudos, Beautiful, for handling your business.  We are all extremely proud of you, your determination, and your dedication.  You have proven to mommy that not only can you teach a wonderful, beautiful, highly intelligent mother and wife a set of new tricks, but also, “you are never too young to set another goal or dream a new dream!”

Now that you have won 2nd place, it’s on to the Nationals!  Yes, Beautiful!

So everyone, to keep up with tradition, I am going end my story with a challenge.  I challenge each of you to bring new energy into your life with a new goal.  As proven by our daughter, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Doretha Yvette Somerville is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and she currently resides in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  She is a mother of 5, wife, veteran soldier, Social Worker and a full-time student attending Fayetteville State University working towards her Master’s degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Mental Health and Substance AbuseContactFacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter