A paradigm of femininity, Melissa’s mother radiated empowerment in her sleek suit and high-heels. While taking in the aesthetics of her mother’s bravado, Melissa realized the physical and mental challenges her mother faced as a businesswoman juggling her many responsibilities on a daily basis.
On a sunny day in Toronto, Melissa’s mother balanced her youngest in one arm and groceries in the other. She moved swiftly to catch up with her daughter crossing the street and lodged her heel in an unforgiving sewer grate. She crumbled under the weight of her cargo and let the groceries sprawl out on the pavement in order to save her child. The accident left her with a bruised face and chin; however, she continued to prioritize her children until she could take off the necessary three days from work to recover.