Maricarmen chose butterflies for her party theme, because she loves butterflies. She appears to be like a butterfly in her own way, beautiful, gentle and quiet. She listens more than she talks. In fact on her special day, Maricarmen was like a butterfly -- emerging out of her own cocoon.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 27, 2008
The history of the Hispanic Quinceanera tradition dates back to 1521. It was a time when family and friends celebrated the right-of-passage with prayers of Thanksgiving for the fifteen years of a Quinceanera's life. Priscilla Mills, author of Quinceanera Connection: Your Dream Celebration On Any Budget, says the Gonzalez family is the perfect example of appreciation, gratitude and love of their daughter's life on her Quinceanera Celebration and everyday of her life.
All families can learn from the Gonzalez family about what really is important when they celebrate their daughter's Quinceanera, says Mills, author, life coach, business consultant and graduate of Harvard Business School -- Entrepreneurial Program.
Fifteen years ago Teresa and Frank Gonzalez were expecting their second child. They had a son and were hoping for a girl. Their prayers were answered. The doctor told them they were the parents of a beautiful daughter, but a trauma occurred during delivery.
Within a short time doctors said their daughter, Maricarmen, was experiencing low muscle tone and fine motor skill challenges. Upon hearing this, Teresa knew her journey of motherhood would be different than most mothers with newborn babies. Teresa received training enabling her to perform daily therapy for her daughter. She was committed to do whatever was necessary in order for her daughter to be able to enjoy a better quality of life.
When Maricarmen entered school at the age of six, she was diagnosed with learning disabilities. Upon hearing the news, Teresa's hope, faith and unconditional love for her daughter motivated her to continue on her same path and never give up.
Teresa said when Maricarmen was going to celebrate her fifteenth birthday, she wanted to honor her daughter's right-of passage at a special Quinceaneara Celebration. However, she knew in order for the celebration to be a meaningful gift of life for Maricarmen she needed to get her involved in the planning process for her special day.
"She knew there would be major challenges, along the way, because Maricarmen wasn't socially adjusted like other girls her age. However Teresa was determined not to deny her daughter the beautiful Quinceanera celebration she deserved."
Teresa said, "Maricarmen had never been interested in things other girls her age are concerned with. She never cared about fashion, hairstyles or makeup. However, Maricarmen became excited about everything while planning for her special day. She helped me with making many of the decisions for her party. It was a beautiful experience for both of us."
"Maricarmen chose butterflies for her party theme, because she loves butterflies. She appears to be like a butterfly in her own way, beautiful, gentle and quiet. She listens more than she talks. In fact on her special day, Maricarmen was like a butterfly -- emerging out of her own cocoon."
Teresa went on to say; "On the day of my daughter's Quinceanera, Maricarmen woke up early and asked me -- 'is my special day today?'. I believe it was God's blessing and a miracle that transformed Maricarmen as she put on her Quinceanera gown. All of a sudden she became the fairy tale princess just like in the Cinderella story."
Over one hundred friends and relatives came to share in Maricarmen's special Quinceanera celebration -- a very important day in her life.
Teresa felt it was against all odds her daughter's special day was perfect. She's so proud of Maricarmen for many reasons, her biggest achievement was her induction into the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools.
Family members feel that Maricarmen's success in due in large part due to her mother's dedication. Maricarmen follows her mother's attitude about life: never give up, always try to do your best and be thankful for what you have.
Teresa has added another commitment in her life. She joined a special group in Connecticut, who are developing an awareness program for kids and their need to handle the differences between people with respectful language and actions. Whether a person is in a wheelchair, blind, comes from a different culture, or has a disability hidden or not.
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