Today it is Mother’s Day in the UK, and it is also the 17th anniversary of the passing of my grandmother. I only ever had one grandmother, so it was heartwrenching when she passed. Her story is one of strength and resilience she was a domestic for rich plantation owners in Guyana and was descended from the indentured East Indian labourers who were duped into moving to Guyana after the abolition of slavery. A single mother to 6 children she made immense sacrifices for the good of her family including sending my mom and her sister’s to live in a Catholic orphanage giving them the opportunity to have a good education and raise their aspirations.
My mother obviously got her work ethic from her mom, and she took the opportunities given to her through being placed in the Orphanage a focused student and avid athlete she balanced school work with netball, swimming, and cycling. As soon as she could start working she sacrificed higher education to begin working to support her younger siblings and to enable her mother to stop working in other people’s houses.
So today I wanted to honour both these women who set the blueprint for the other women in our family, as one of my favourite quotes says,
“Here’s to all the strong women, may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them!”