(NNPA)—Ten years ago, Cameo Faust, a single mother of seven was working at an Atlanta-area McDonald’s, struggling to make ends meet and highly motivated to make a better life for herself and her family.
Now, she’s the general manager, who is responsible for the operation of the restaurant and in charge of helping to build a team of employees to help the business flourish.
Faust gave birth to her first child when she was 14. Faust’s mother, Shirley Randolph, had given birth to her first child at the age of 12.
“By the time I was 15, I had twins, plus the baby. At 17, I had four kids, and then I had five by the time I was 18 and, finally, by 26, I had seven,” she said, unapologetically, naming them in range from the oldest to the youngest—Jasmine, Markiesha, Marcus, DeMarcus, Sparticus, Sparkle and Joshua.
Now, Faust, at 36 years-old, realizes that with each pregnancy, she was desperately trying to fill a void created by the loveless, tumultuous relationship that she had with her own mother.
“My mother would always be fussing at me telling me not to wear a head rag or not to do this or to do that…[she was] always so mean and I didn’t want to listen to her. I’m having these kids to have someone to love because nobody ever loved me,” Faust said.