Herewith a tribute to all the phenomenal women in my life: There are so many character traits and special things that I can mention from every person that influenced my life at work and in my personal life, but I would like to mention the ones that stand out for me.
My mother is still alive. Thank God for that! She is a young 64 year old and never moans about anything. Furthermore, she never stays angry and always helps other people. Not only has she been a great mother to me throughout my lifetime, but she is also the best friend that any person can ask for. She taught me about positivity and even though I only realised her real worth in my adolescent years, I could never have asked for a greater inspirational woman to be part of me. I love you Mom and you motivate me daily to be and become a better person.
I have recently started a serious of writing work, which I still need to complete (and hopefully publish) about my sister, the Fire! I could never have imagined my life without her. She had so much energy and she never gave up on anything. I miss her terribly and sometimes I wish she was still around for me to tell her so. My sister taught me about passion; she taught me about endurance; she taught me about trusting your instincts and most of all: she taught me about love.
This is my namesake and she must be one of the strongest women that I have ever known. She had 10 children and many grand- and great grand children and she still lived up to the ripe age of 86. She led her family with love. She never complained about anything and even though she had very little earthly belongings, she believed herself to be rich – Her family made her rich… Grace is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ouma Sally.
This unique woman was strict but caring and stubborn as hell. She would live in her own house until she basically couldn’t anymore. She drove her own car and did her own thing after my grandpa died, but she refused to become old and kept on dressing in her high heeled shoes until late in her 70’s. I am sure that I inherited quite a few of her strong-willed character traits – God bless her soul.
I must honour this woman. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have had the lovely husband that I have and let alone my wonderful children! This extraordinary woman had a passion for charity and she always cared more about other people than for herself. She even worked for the local Hospice shop in Bellville to fulfil her passion. She died last year – In fact: almost exactly one year ago. Her death was, in my opinion, much too early and I would have loved to spend many more lazy Sunday afternoons chatting with her. She was my friend and my mentor in many ways.
Suzaan has inherited all of the character traits from the people above and a few more from me, such as my ambitious and stubborn streaks, but she has the light in her eyes and she still believes that the world can be conquered. She is one of the many reasons why I have a want to open my eyes everyday and get out of bed!
So thank you to all the dames that is and was part of my life; whether I mentioned you or not. Go women!