Mayor Julian Castro gave the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention on Tuesday. The fascinating fact about him is he has a twin sibling Joaquin. They were raised by a single Mom from the time they were eight. Although the siblings lived in a hardscrabble neighborhood, she was a tough love diligent Mom who saw the value of education. The twin siblings went through high school in three years, to Stanford and then Harvard. The year they graduated from Stanford the mom made $20,000 a year and they made it through school on student loans.Both twin siblings sat next to First Lady Michele Obama at the convention.
The twin siblings Mom Rosie were an organizer for Mexican Americans and as a single Mom raised the twin siblings with the help of her mother, their grandmother, Victoria. The twin sibling’s grandmother came from Mexico. As a child, she went to 4th grade and worked as a maid. This extended family, the mother and grandmother instilled drive, ambition and discipline into these twin siblings.
Their story is not far from President Barack Obama, who speaks tonight. A single Mom and his grandmother raised him. This extended family, the grandmother and grandfather had a life defining effecton Obama , again giving him drive , ambition and a high sense of family support ,that he has spoken about throughout his presidency.
Extraordinarily, a single Mom also parented President Bill Clinton who spoke at the Democratic Convention last night. His grandparents too raised him, in his early years while his Mom went to nursing school after the death of Clinton’s Dad
Extended family is critically important in raising any number of siblings in supporting frantically busy, overloaded mothers and dads but especially single Mom’s, who struggle so deeply. Extended family comes in to do what a Mom can’t do, as we can see in the Castro twins, Obama, and Clinton’s case. The result in Clinton and Obama case was with the help of their extended family and grandmother’s is they became President. Who knows what will happen with Juan Castro or his brother Julian