You Can Go Home Again, Contractor Martha Moore Learns

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Martha Moore: “Carissa turned a year old when I was in drug rehab, and I gave her a mother for her birthday.” (Photo by Jason Burt)

Moore is not at all afraid to tell her story, although it sometimes embarrasses her mother.

“Sometimes when I’ve been talking to people, my mother will lean over and say, ‘You know, you don’t have to tell everybody that you talk to that you were on drugs.’ But I say, ‘Mom, if I can help somebody, that’s what it’s all about.’

“If anybody looks at my life the way it was and the way that it is now and looks in their own mirror and says, ‘I can do this too, because if she can do it, I can do it’ — that’s what it’s all about.”

Moore has remarried and now lives in Mulberry. She helps look after her parents, who live in Altus. With Carissa about to earn her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Moore is ready for another challenge: She wants to get the college degree she never had time for.

Moore laughed when asked how her big, giant redneck of a father felt about her success. Her father is not an emotional man.

However …

“When my dad looks at me and says, ‘Well, you know, I’m proud of you, Sis.’ That’s as good as it gets.”



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