Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 11 — The imperfect storm

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center set to open early this year. This journey has not been without its roadblocks.

There is no greater feeling than failure. The overwhelming sensation of “not making it” is humbling. It is, at times, the gut-wrenching feeling that is needed to clear your mind, reprioritize your goals and realign your efforts.

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”

Preach Emerson!

Brooklyn and Evian chill out after a hard day of working at The Learning Hub.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Brooklyn and Evian chill out after a hard day of working at The Learning Hub.

I am one of those learners. I learn best when things fall apart and are left hanging by the last shred of sanity and willpower. I carry my entire personal brand on this trait. Giselle 2.0, I call it.

Give me a challenge and watch me find a way to overcome it — not always in the most conventional way, but that is beside the point.

In my last submission, I wrote proudly that the door of The Learning Hub would be swung open with a gust of preparation and community support on Jan. 16.

As I write this on Jan. 20, the doors remain as closed as ever.


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