My foundation was set in stone and I never had to doubt or second guess myself until I became an adult and questioned a lot of things in my life.........all the whys?????? due to all the restrictions from my religion and my Italian heritage.
I lived with a lot of hand-me-downs and clothes and shoes that did not fit me properly all through childhood and high school, so of course, I went overboard starting with my first job to make a promise to myself that I would have the finest shoes and outfits! I loved "payday" !
Ah, the days of Filene's Basement in Boston that allowed me the Designer clothes for a fraction of the retail cost!
When I became a parent, I then learned to realize and practice my own beliefs with high levels of self-confidence and esteem and doing what was best for me and my family. I didn't allow my religion to dictate my life and I didn't allow some old fashioned Italian beliefs to put a strain on me. I'm still Catholic but not so in fear of my religion as I was when a child. I love my Italian heritage but some strictness was overbearing and unnecessary.
I believe that family comes first above all. My values are still in embedded in my mind from my upbringing but with my own personality thrown in the mix.
I taught my children to be caring, respectful and trustworthy; they have turned out to be responsible adults.
I'm one proud Mama!