Friday, April 8, 2011

On Girls

She can't even sign her name, but is determined to give her daughter an education. Her husband doles out little more than physical abuse, but skimps to buy school supplies for her daughter. She sews together unused paper from her son's notebooks to make books for her daughter. She skips meals, so her daughter can eat.

She wants a better life for her daughter than she had. And she knows education is the only way to ensure it.

Her daughter knows it too. Which is why she wakes up before sunrise to finish all her chores before heading to school.

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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Last year, it was G is for Glamour.

18 comments:

Dafeenah said...

Such a powerful story told in such few words. Truly amazing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wow, you have a way with words.

Siv Maria said...

Touching, truely Glamour

Stephanie V said...

Your posts always make me think. Education that we all take for granted - and sometimes squander - is such a precious commodity for many of the world's female population.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Incredibly powerful, Rayna.

Tiger85 said...

Such a powerful and touching story. =)

http://tigeronmybookshelf.blogspot.com/

LTM said...

ugh. See that made me want to cry. But it's also inspiring. Great stuff, honey~ <3

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - What a powerful and meaningful commentary on the love that a parent can have for a child. What a statement, too, on the strength of the human spirit. Thanks for sharing!

Matthew Vanacore said...

Such a great story with a powerful message—finding beauty/courage/strength in great adversity.

And nice blog!

Jemi Fraser said...

A mother's love knows no bounds. Beautifully illustrated.

February Grace said...

Absolutely incredible. Brought tears to my eyes.

I homeschooled my daughter until only recently and taught her to read myself, when she was a little younger than three. I can't even imagine what mothers the world over go through every day wanting so much more for their daughters than they had.

I felt that in other aspects of her life- but at least I know that she has the building blocks to follow her dreams. So many girls never get the chance.

Thank you for giving their mothers a voice with this piece. Both your blogs are amazing.

~bru

Chuck said...

Rayna you are really good at drabbles. Great story.

sue said...

What a wise mother, able to look to the future through her own suffering. But it's so wrong, so, so wrong.
Sue@JumpingAground (alliteration & drabbles)
Sue@traverselife(Workplace bullying)

ladyfi said...

Another profound post! And what a great photo.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

this was sad for me... I didn't want to hear the pain.. or the powerful words describing this family. great job

slommler said...

A story full of grace, hope and understanding!!
Well done and well said!
Hugs
SueAnn

Anne K. Albert said...

Moving, sad, enlightening, hopeful. Great post.

Snakesmom said...

I love your short and very powerful blog post! :)

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