Hi, my name is Azul. It gives me great pleasure to be part of such a massive function created by Ms. Lina Mei. Fabulous Mama Pageant of Flushing provide us mom an opportunity to share with the communities the values and perseverance of being an efficient caregiver. I cherish this valuable function to learn and to expand my horizon because life is forever learning. And I hope to meet new friends and interesting people along the way because each of us has our own unique life story.
And my life story begins…
I came from China to the United States of America with my beloved dad when I was seven years old. My mom and my little sister were still in China when we came therefore my dad always had to travel back to China to see them. I was left living with my cousins, uncles, aunties, and grandma.
Growing up, I was extremely timid and my world was small. It was in school and the library that opened my visions to the outside world. I was fascinated with all the things and places with just the turn of the pages in books. They allowed me to travel, to explore, and permitted my imagination to run wild. My immense love for books shaped my path towards educating children. My goal was obvious and my plan was clear cut. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Childhood Education in college and volunteered in reading groups at various libraries to gain valuable experiences with children. Children are our next generation, our future. It is crucial to provide them the best education and to show them a bright path. I also obtained my Master degree in English as a Second Language, and simultaneously teaching new immigrants the English language in various institutions. My greatest fulfillment is to educate all (people) to be proficient in the English language so there aren’t language barriers to achieve desired positions in any career fields and thus proceed to fulfill all that can be dreamt.
At age 12, my dad passed away. I realized that we didn’t really stay as a full family since the day I stepped upon the American soil. Growing up solely with my mom and my sister, my one and only wish was a full family. I thought my dream would finally be fulfilled when I met my ex-husband, but destiny took a turn on us. Again I was left alone to face the world on my own. However, I understood that I couldn’t fall because I was a mom already. I needed to care and to provide for my children. It tore my heart deeply to see my children growing up in a single family because I know very well the taste. I felt I owe them so much, so much! I felt like a warrior, always battling, yet who would be willing and strong enough to stand by me. Now, I take life a step at a time, doing the best I can, and understanding that life is all about moving on. I open my arms to surprises and the unknown because there isn’t only one ‘norm’ path for life. Until now, my sole goal for a full family had never been altered. I am altruistic and optimistic upon what life has to offer. I am sincerely in search of what a lot of people considered simple: a full family.