How I Became A Working Mother

by Christine@TheAums on June 3, 2011 · 3 comments

I know there is no shortage of causes out there, but I’m excited to share one of mine…well, one of my dear friend’s actually. I’ve chosen to support my co-worker, Maryse, in her mission to gather 55 sponsors for a 5 mile race. Please read the following to learn, “Why the number 55?” It’s pretty compelling:

A Cause for Running by Maryse

I’m on the run…that is a five-mile run and a run to seek sponsors. It’s not a race for me but a personal challenge and a personal goal to support a young girl who recently lost her father.

A wonder woman I’m not when it comes to athletics. I have never had a consistent exercise regime. The appeal of endorphins has yet to kick in. Many a time, the couch has been my comfort zone had it not been for Tom’s encouragement. Recently and ironically, experiencing a low pulse rate, I was asked by my doctor if it’s due to exercising. I WISH!! So considering my relationship or lack thereof with exercise, I surprised myself with the idea of participating in a footrace. 

Some friends are traveling to Santa Cruz for a five mile race in Nisene Marks State Park. I checked last year’s times and I was encouraged as some participants completed it after an hour and a half. I can do that! So, I have committed myself to changing my image and have taken to training…it may be unbelievable, but, I’ve been walking and jogging. Get this; I purchased my first pair of running shoes…the cost alone may be motivating enough!

This event has no cause in particular, but one came to mind. I’m asking for donations to a fund created for a young 12 year old girl from my class who recently lost her dad to brain cancer. Her dad lived only a little over a year after his initial surgery on Christmas Day, 2009. I’m rallying 55 people to sponsor me. Why 55? He was operated at age 55, had 55 staples in his head after surgery and 55 is the number on the sail of his sailboat. And I just turned 55 this past April!

Here’s my challenge to you: IF I CAN DO IT SO CAN YOU! First consider joining me & sign up with the Santa Cruz Track Club’s 30th Annual AptosWomen’s Five Miler on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. If you aren’t female or just can’t make this then consider sponsoring me…OR>>> Do both! If you choose the latter, please let me know that you are one of 55 by e-mailing me at I’ll add you to my postings and keep you up to date.

Funds are for this young girl’s future educational costs. Please contribute ANY amount, all donations will make a difference. You can send money directly to the Joel Verruti Memorial Fund, Acct # 051002517, Santa Cruz County Bank  7775 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 or call 831-662-6000  attn:Alexandria Gonzalez, Service Manager. 

Thank you for sharing your support !!!

Maryse holding Aumie #4

Who is this person besides a co-worker and dear friend? Well, she is a woman who has made the biggest difference in my life as a mom…a working mom. When I started my job as a tutor in her classroom, I became pregnant for the first time during that first year when we didn’t really know each other. As my belly grew, so did my anxiety about having started a job only to leave it in order to care for my baby. One day, she asked me something that literally changed my life, “You’re going to bring the baby to work, right?” It NEVER occurred to me to do such a thing! It’s certainly not the norm and I had no examples of other women who had done this, so I never even considered it. But the moment she gave me the thought and further encouraged me by sharing stories of bringing her babies into the classroom, I couldn’t picture it any other way…and so began a wonderful friendship and mentorship!

I’m sure Aumie #4 absorbed this math lesson!

Imagine being able to take your newborn to work for roughly their first year, not having to disrupt your nursing schedule, and still being able to contribute to your family’s income! I was beyond blessed to have this experience, with each of my four Aumies, no less! Maryse would often take the baby from me and carry him or her around the classroom, speaking French, and even teaching lessons! The students loved having a baby in class and seeing all the changes that take place in the first year of life…what a learning experience! My personal favorite was seeing rough and tough boys on the playground stop to coo at a baby. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you could see the impact Maryse has had on my family. 

I’m inviting you to join me in supporting Maryse in her goal to gather 55 sponsors (at least!). Any amount, and I truly mean that, will make a difference. And by the way, this will be my first ever foot race and I have not trained for it, soooo…pray for me!


A little sleeping nook created by Maryse. She even taped a painting under this desk so the baby could wake up to fine art!
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Liz @ Six Year Itch June 8, 2011 at 4:37 am

My BFF's father died of cancer at 51, so this really hits home. Is there a paypal? How close is she to the 55? And work it girl. You can do this!!


The Aums Mama June 8, 2011 at 5:22 am

So far she has 35 sponsors. I think it's either old-fashioned check in the mail or a phone call to the bank. ANY amount will make a difference and help meet the goal of 55 sponsors! And thanks for the vote of confidence…I could use more phone calls during my "training!"


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