Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the important women in our lives. Grandmothers. Mothers. Wives. These are the women who look after you, who raise you, and those who are the mother of your children (GUYS). It’s a time to recognize the strong, beautiful, loving women in your life. Mothers make a lot of sacrifices and work very hard to bring you into this world. Mothers should be appreciate everyday, but they definitely deserve their own day. A day to show your Mother that extra special appreciation.
We sat down with the mother’s council of Lucas Oil Center to show them some extra special appreciation. These women not only work hard to take care of our customers and staff, but also at home taking care of their families. Right before Mother’s Day this year, we treated these ladies to some delicious treats and they discussed the memories and challenges of being working moms.
We spoke to the following members of our staff:
From Left to Right – Top Row: Vicki, Brooke, Jessica | Bottom Row: Debbie, Marie, April
DO YOU FEEL THAT BEING A WOMAN IN A PREDOMINANTLY MALE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN CHALLENGING AND/OR REWARDING?
MARIE: A little bit of both. Challenging to get the guys to understand that I do know what I’m talking about. And rewarding when they go, “HEY! She’s right.”
BROOKE: Being the manager of the car wash can be challenging. Rewarding because I have learned so much from my co-workers.
OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER AND LIFE, WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A WORKING MOM?
JESSICA: Time. Accountability. Just trying to get everything done in a day.
VICKI: My kids are grown now — but I had to work and I had to take care of the kids. So just trying to find a balance while finding time for myself.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A WORKING MOM?
BROOKE: I get a little time away from home life at work. And I get a little “ME” time on the drive to work.
VICKI: When you get a job, you have a commitment. You have a commitment not just to yourself, but to your employer and your team mates to do the job you are suppose to do. And I think kids learn how to be committed to something when they watch you.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO MANAGING LIFE AND ALL ITS DEMANDS?
JESSICA: Not trying to control things. When I just let go and don’t control, things work out the way they are suppose to.
APRIL: I think a lot of women can relate to being somewhat of a control freak. And I don’t mean that negatively. I mean that in certain parts of life. In a sense, I had to be that for things to get done being so busy. Now my kids have grown up and it’s difficult to learn to let go.
WHAT IS THE LEGACY YOU HOPE TO LEAVE BEHIND FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND OTHERS IN YOUR LIFE?
MARIE: If you want it, work for it. If you want it, you get up, you work for it, and you get it.
VICKI: I hope that my kids know how much I love them and how hard I worked for them. And I hope that they take away all of the good I tried to instill.
JESSICA: That I was always there for my kids. That I always did things from love and not a bad place. Trying to get my kids to understand the right way to go in life. You have choices on everything you do. You make this choice, you do this bad thing, but you don’t get to choose the consequence.
DEBBIE: You want your kids to emulate you and be strong. My kids are strong because they did what I taught them to do. My daughter is doing well in a man’s world. When my son first was on his own, he asked me how I got it all done and made it look so easy when he was a kid.
APRIL: You want your girls to see a strong woman and a strong leader and that you can do anything you put your mind to. But you also want your boys to see that. You want them to see that and hope that they will marry a strong woman.
Thank you to these incredible women for all that they do. Both at work and at home. We are truly blessed to have all of these strong women as a part of the Lucas Oil Center team. Happy Mother’s Day to all these ladies. And Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful customers.