Sunday, March 7, 2010

On International Woman's Day

Born into poverty. Never learnt to read or write. Married at twelve. Abandoned by her husband at seventeen. Reluctantly taken back in her parent’s home. Taken as an unpaid nanny by her brother. Thrown out when she was needed no more.
Homeless. Helpless. Forced to beg to feed her children. She has few personal possessions. She can barely make ends meet. Many days, she goes to bed hungry.
Her life is over.

She has three daughters. She will give them an education, whatever it takes. They will write their own destiny. They will not be at the mercy of fate.

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6 comments:

Ann Elle Altman said...

And here she is working hard selling flowers. I admire her persistence... I should value what I have more. Thanks for posting this.

ann

ladyfi said...

Women never cease to astound me!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Ann - some women are amazing, aren't htey?

@ Fiona - absolutely.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

May she never give up!

Jan Morrison said...

Hurrah! She is both noble and unvanquished and I will keep her in my heart when I feel like being petty or giving up.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Diane - women like her don't. I do wish the kids are nice to her when they are financially independent, though.

@ Jan - she and the likes of her. Makes you realise how fortunate you are to have so much.

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