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Raquel Quinones-Ojeda, 2019 Puerto Rico Mother of the Year with her family

Charitable Cause: St. Jude Children’s Research Center

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

The celebration of the birthdays of each of my children is one of the most beautiful memories I have as a mother. Since I celebrate their birth, my life has changed. For my children, their birthday was the most exciting day of the year. They loved receiving friends, playing games, having fun, receiving gifts and seeing people they did not see so often. Seeing their joy that was contagious was special to me as a mother and an indescribable feeling. It satisfies me in a great way that I can perpetuate this beautiful tradition for my children.

Are there any celebrity moms you would rate as a “Perfect 10?” Why?

The celebrity I admire as a mother is Diana Frances Spencer (Lady Diana, Diana of Wales). She was and still is loved by the people, she proved to be a charismatic woman with a great sense of humanity. He was admired for his warmth and humility. One phrase that distinguished her was: “I never feel fear when I’m doing good”. Mother of two boys, she helped many children and was noted for her charity work.

What is the best or worst “mom purchase” you’ve ever made and why?

One of my best “mom purchase” was a station wagon that we bought when my children were growing up. Take them to school between packages, books and lunch boxes; weekend trips and other family outings made it easier for them and their friends.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what would you ask?

All human beings have limited knowledge with a limited and finite mind. Therefore, we cannot make absolute statements. Example: we cannot say: “God does not exist”, to say it one must have absolute knowledge of the entire universe from beginning to end. Then, there will always be different opinions towards different particularities. The point of view of one person has as much value as the others. “We all have our own truth”

What is the craziest thing one of your kids has done?

The craziest thing one of my children did was to walk back and forth to a river that was about an hour from our house. I went with him and his four friends. When they arrived, they decided to jump from a high mountain to the water. It was a great adventure.

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

My biggest mistake was to believe that by raising my 3 children with the same principles, values and virtues, I would get the same results. The most important thing is to give a sense of security and stability, so that those first years, children are encouraged to take risks and adventures. We only pass on the knowledge and they, in their particularity, will revise that wisdom, put it to the test and reformulate values. “They will flourish in their space and time.”

What is the most useless or unique talent you have?

I am thankful to have many talents, one of them is to do decoration for activities and make floral arrangements also I consider myself a very good cook. All of the things I mentioned give a sense of peacefulness and it is a time to meet new people, it also takes my mind off the stresses of everyday life.