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Posted: April 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I was divorcing my first husband, and as a stay at home mom for 17 years, I needed a job.

The best way for me to learn was to start as a temporary. I worked for three months assignments for many different companies, and I learned how to use several software systems. I was looking for the right employer as well as the right manager.

At one point, I had a contract for three months, and I loved the environment. My future manager was not yet in France, and I was in charge of preparing his office.

When he moved, everything was ready for him. After a while, I had a conversation with him. I told him about my divorce, why I divorced, and he was compassionate. He told me that he would like me to be his assistant. I accepted right away.

The company hired me. My manager had important responsibilities, and I needed to be well qualified to help him manage his team.

He and his wife invited me and my kids over to their home for dinner, and she brought my children to the movies.

I disliked missing work, and I didn’t have a baby sitter. My youngest child was 9 years old and my manager allowed her to stay at the office with me when she was on school breaks or vacation.

This man had a golden heart, but we needed to be very efficient at work.

I met my new husband in the workplace. He was American. He had a work visa and needed to go back and forth to America.

Sometimes, I hid myself in some places to cry. My manager looked for me. When he saw me with tears, he left me alone.

One afternoon at work, dealing with the custody of my children, I felt dizzy. I needed to have a medication to solve my panic attack. I called a security guard. I tried to keep calm.

My manager asked me in his office. Without letting people know around us, I was accompanied to a safe place where I could calm down, and receive treatment. My manager was very kindhearted.

He invited me for lunch, but I declined. I didn’t want some people talking about us.

This man gave me incentive to fight for what’s right. He listened to me when I had to deal with important decisions regarding my life.

He also taught me how to be well organized by describing exactly what he expected of me at the workplace. He was very respectful.

He and his wife were happy to know that I was in a relationship with my future American husband.

He, too, impressed me in my life.

When his wife divorced him, he was left with almost nothing. He had to work hard to build his life again. He listened to me. We spoke about work.

We went out during the weekends with my kids. He was strong, and taught me to be positive and strong.

With the entourage of those two men, I was able to be solid to gain the custody of my kids. If I won, it’s because of them.

My old manager, his wife, and my husband have been the foundation of my presence in the USA. Without them, Ron and I had wouldn’t have had a small business for more than 20 years in Santa Clarita.

They inspired me, and I knew I could take care of the children, work, volunteer my time as well as having time to share between my husband and the household.

When I was sick, my husband Ron took care of me days and nights.

My oldest daughter married. She and her husband have a small business. They now employ my two other daughters. They are all very strong women.

The family is united in Santa Clarita.

I believe in miracles, and my life as I see it today is one of them.

Editor’s Note: Anne Marie Whalley responded to one of our calls to readers to share who had made an indelible impression on them in their lifetime.



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