Lorraine Sarysz-Nichols (Michael's Mom)
Hometown: Plantation, FL
Occupation: Citizen Services Specialist
I was born in Queens, New York, eventually moving to Chicago and Florida. I was married at 22 and had my first son, Michael, at age 23. At 26, I gave birth to my second son Matthew. At 29, I was divorced and moved with my two boys to live with my parents. Without my mom's help it would have been impossible. At age 35, I was remarried to my wonderful husband Bob. Bob and my boys get along great. It's not easy to blend families and I know how lucky both my boys and I are.
Iím going on my twentieth year as a Citizen Services Specialist for the City of Sunrise, Florida in the City Managerís office. I enjoy helping people and this position is extremely gratifying. The City of Sunrise has a large senior population and many times after the death of their loved one they are left completely alone. They call the city looking for help with a variety of issues and get me.
Now that my boys are adults, I feel that I have done my job. I was a hands-on Mom, I walked the walk and talked the talk and made no excuse for inappropriate behavior. I held them accountable for their actions. I took my job as Mom very seriously. I raised boys who would eventually become men, eventually become husbands and then hopefully fathers. I don't think I would change very much about my life. Although at times it wasn't easy, it's the hard times that we go through and survive that make us the people we are. I do wish that I would have had a child with Bob, but I was afraid of the unknown. I didn't trust enough after my divorce and I was afraid that I would be raising a child alone again. Little did I know that Bob was the guy I should have had two more kids with.