“Life has limitless possibilities and many ways to fulfillment and happiness.” – Aline Pai, Legal Portuguese Translator, New York City
Aline Pai’s career has taken many paths: journalist, lawyer, contracted translator for the U.S. government, and, for the past two years, translator and legal assistant here at New Fortress Energy. But she affirms that her most difficult job – and the one she’s proudest to have held – was being a full-time mom to her two children for more than 12 years.
She treasures Mother’s Day as a chance to soak up the perks of being a mom.
“Mother’s Day is a day of expressed love and gratitude,” Aline says. “It’s a time that your family reflects on your role in their lives, and you celebrate the joys (and forget the tough moments!) of motherhood. It’s a day of multicolored homemade cards, extra kisses, little footsteps running into my room with a breakfast that ‘I had no idea was coming,’ picking a restaurant without anyone daring to complain about it and spoken appreciation to the women who nurtured and loved you.”
For Aline, two of those women are her mother and mother-in-law.
“Growing up in a small town in Brazil, my mother was the strongest and most confident woman I knew,” she says. “A daughter of Spanish immigrants, she was a first-generation Brazilian, and she had to find her own way in a culture that wasn’t of her parents. She taught her daughters independence, a strong work ethic, self-reliance, and perseverance. She inspired me to be strong and believe that no matter what I was going through, there would be many better days ahead – and until those better days materialized, books could always be my best refuge.”