SOLSC 2014: Strong Women

My heart is so full today. A great-aunt passed away and my mother's anniversary of her death is fast approaching. My thoughts are also turned to my great-grandmother as well as the grandmother I never knew who died when my mom was only 15 years old in this very same month.

I remember my Great Aunt Jean helping around the house when I was dropped off to spend time with her mother, my Great Grandmother Effie. I remember thinking of them as friends. As I recall it now, I must have always been an old soul, watching and making note of things like that. I was only between the ages of 3-6 when I would spend the night with my great grandma.

I don't really know why I would get sent over there. Maybe my mom knew time was short for my great grandma, and she wanted us to know each other since I couldn't know her mom. Maybe I was a handful since I already had three or four younger brothers at home by that time (depending on the year). Maybe I needed to be with older people who could be patient with my brooding ways. Regardless of why I went there, I learned a great deal at a young age about the importance of family and what it means to be a strong woman. I will always be grateful to Great Aunt Jean for showing me a shining example of how to be a dutiful and loving daughter.

March is a sacred month to me because of these great women who have left a path for me to trod that is decorated with a rich heritage and strewn with opportunities at every turn. I am who I am today because of them. 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing about your great aunt. It is easy to see why your heart is so full.

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  2. Your least line....a path decorated with rich heritage and strewn with opportunities.....what a great tribute to the strong and wonderful women you certainly use as models for your own life.

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  3. I feel the same way about the grandmothers and aunts in my life-the strong women who taught me how to live! PS-we have an Effie in our family, too!

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  4. This was a lovely way to honor the strong women in your life. I think we learn from them even at a very young age. My grandmother continues to be my rock even though she is no longer here physically. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love how you honor the strong women in your life in this space. Thank you for sharing.

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