Washington Family Magazine : May 2017
24 May 2017 washingtonFAMILY.com Miriam G. Storey Mom to Emilie, age 38, Alyson, age 36, Jacob, age 34, Sara, age 30, Spencer, age 29, and 13 grandchildren Manassas, VA Occupation Semi-retired; Currently being a “granny nanny” to four of my beautiful grandchildren What advice would you give to new or expectant moms? There are two things you give your children: One is roots, the other is wings. Instill a love of God and for all mankind in their hearts and respect in their actions. Teach children to work hard and take pride in their work. Be a good citizen. Don’t be afraid to put away the electronics, disconnect, hug and have fun. How has motherhood changed your outlook on life? At a young age, I decided that I wanted to be a mother. I viewed my purpose as a mother higher than any other position I could attain through education. I suppose I was pretty naïve at that time, but after a year of college I became a mother and started my career of raising children. As I raised five children, I realized that teaching them, reading with them, doing homework with them and supporting them in their academics and activities, was educating me in as many ways that working in an occupation would have. As a mother you become a counselor, a teacher, a mentor, a chef, a coach, a chauffer and driving instructor, a doctor’s assistant, a dental assistant, a librarian, an author, a mediator, a judge, an accountant, a stylist and fashion consultant, and other talents that moms use daily in raising a family. I never dreamed how much fulfillment I would receive in life through my children and the life lessons learned. For good or bad, difficult or pleasant, my outlook on life has been enhanced through motherhood. How do you think your child(ren) would describe you? I think my children would describe me as dedicated to family, fiercely loyal, loving unconditionally, hardworking, true to my faith, charitable, selfless, intuitive, head strong and opinionated. They would say that I taught them the importance of leaving people/things/ places/situations better than how they were found. I also hope that they would say through life’s experiences, I’ve learned how to love deeper, accept changes and try to keep my opinions more to myself! What goals do you have for yourself? One of my goals was to be able to “grow-up” with my grandchildren. By that I mean that I wanted to have my children while I was young so that I would still be relatively “young” enough to be able to physically keep up with my grandchildren and enjoy being active with them. I wanted to be able to wrestle, ride bikes, hike, run, swim, jump on trampolines, jump rope, ride our horses, play tennis or any other activities they want to do. So her daughter could pursue a graduate degree, Miriam came out of retirement to become a nanny to four of her 13 grandchildren. She loves being involved in her grandchildren’s lives and understands that both the role of mother and grandmother involves many hats.