by Erin Murphy
IBM, Distinguished Engineer.
Your parents were both from large families in Ireland and they worked hard and thrived in the US. What great role models they were; hard working people who still found time to enjoy life with their family and friends. It was a bit unusual to have a Mom who was a Registered Nurse, a woman who worked as a professional, albeit part time, in an era of stay-at-home Moms. Your parents instilled in you a serious work ethic. Providing educational opportunities to you and your siblings was one of their primary objectives.
Remember when Mr. Burke signed your 8th grade graduation book and said “don’t sell yourself short?” I know that comment left you scratching your head wondering what he meant, but take it from your older and more experienced self, he saw something in you that you didn’t quite see yourself. He saw that you were holding back from realizing your full potential, deferring to others when you could have stood up and asserted yourself.
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