I’m writing this article on Mother’s Day eve. Actually, Mexican Mother’s Day eve, which is always May 10th. In two days, my oldest daughter Brigid graduates from Arizona State University.

It’s amazing to me that I can remember every detail of her birth, and vivid memories of her childhood. And now I have the juxtaposition of those memories on the amazing adult she’s become. To say that I’m proud of her is an understatement. She’s the one of the smartest people I know, and that’s actually without bias. Although as a mother and a writer, I get to brag a bit. She’s graduating college a year early, Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Honors), and also working in a 2-in-1 Master’s program. So next May she will graduate with her Master’s degree. Her degree is in Political Science, with a minor in Women and Gender studies.

She was born in Arizona and grew up in two countries The United States and Mexico. Living on a border state and seeing life on both sides has given her passion for social justice, the environment, women’s rights, and human rights. She is a force to be reckoned with. I’m thankful that we were able to show her life in two different countries, two different worlds, giving her the perspective of compassion and tolerance. In life we have to be the change we want to see in the world. For me I see my daughter and her entire generation embarking on huge changes, great changes, and definitely necessary changes.

When she graduated high school in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic in, a drive through graduation ceremony, the principal announced her as your future 2040 president of the United States, Brigid Fitzgerald. I am confident if that is the direction she still chooses to go, her trajectory will be a rising star. She is currently working as an Arizona Senate Page. She has also worked on an Arizona Senate campaign and with the League of Women Voters.

So, this month I want to celebrate her and all the College graduates heading out into the world and pursuing their passions.