After the tragic loss of her husband in 1982, Joy became a single mother at 32 to her son, 3, and two daughters,10 and 1. She can count many successes between the three since then: a best-selling author, a corporate event planner, and an attorney for a media and entertainment company, but her daughters credit their success to their mother’s love.
“She’s my best friend,” said Nikki, 44.
The sacrifices she watched her mother make, and the way she treats other people served as an example for she and her siblings.
And how does Joy, 67, show love to her oldest daughter?
“She listens,” Nikki said. “When you’re talking to her she makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room.”
Younger sister Shani, 36, recalls a last-minute plane trip her mom made across the country to be with her when she was sick. Joy is her best friend, too.
The proud mom said each of her children are different and never competed for her love growing up. At the end of the school year, she would make “The Best of” posters for each of them: a montage of all their awards and successes. She still has them.
There was never the love-hate, mother-daughter relationship some experience as the girls grew up, Joy explained. “We grew up together.”
She said what makes her most proud of her daughters was listening to them as they were growing up, the women they wanted to become, and trying to keep an open-mind through it all: not stifling on imposing her wishes on them.
“They’re really nice people,” Joy said.
She is writing a book about single mothers, scheduled for release in 2018. Let me know if you want to hear more of Joy’s story, I’ll be happy to tell it.
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