My dad was there for graduation and to teach me how to ride a bike. But my mom was the one who taught me how to be a man.
I was always proud to be the designated fat boy in the group. So it was hard to see the gains in losing weight.
My dad was there for graduations, to teach me how to ride a bike, to see me make accomplishments. My dad was there as a sounding board, as more of a disciplinarian. But my mom was the one who was the breadwinner that I saw — who I consistently saw get up in the morning and go to work.
According to a 2012 study from the US Department of Education, high school graduates from low income households are 30…