By Nina Migalski, Walmart Canada Store Manager
Mother’s Day was the one day a year that my mom could relax.
We would wake her up with slightly burnt toast covered in peanut butter, coffee with too much sugar and our best homemade gifts and cards. We’d do chores around the house while mom controlled the TV for the day!
It was a day of rest for a hard-working mother of five in Thunder Bay, Ontario, who worked many low-paying jobs to keep our tummies full and a roof over our heads. Mom always made us feel important, even when we didn’t have much. We always had each other.
My mother left a difficult situation to provide a safe home for us. We had no car, no money and few belongings. Mom appeared tough and independent, but she was suffering. It was hard to be a single mother in Ontario in the 1980s, but we always made it to school on time.