Ladies & Gents,
With woman’s day having taken place this past Sunday I thought I should devote this blog to the woman in my life.
Firstly my mother, more than a mother, she has had to be both mum & dad to 3 kids. She grew up poor with 11 siblings in a 2 bedroom house. She lost her husband at a young age. She has had cancer twice & as a side affect of the chemo therapy now has diabetes. She has been through so much & yet she is still the rock of our family. She is an inspiration.
My wife, Natasha, is as close to perfection as you can get. She is beautiful, both inside & out, intelligent, a good wife, a great mother & as an added bonus she is an excellent cook. Very few people have the ability to do it all without succumbing to emotional stress. She manages a career, motherhood, studying, being a wife & taking care of our home with ease. She is absolutely amazing. I sometimes wonder what I did to deserve a woman like her. I must have done something right in a previous life.
My daughter, Shaanlee, has brought so much of joy to my life. I had my reservations & doubts before she was born mostly because I grew up without a father & wondered if I would be a good one but all those fears dissipated when the nurse put her in my arms & she looked up at me. I knew immediately that I was going to be the best dad alive. When I’ve had a tough day at work, I go home & she immediately smiles when she sees me & all my worries & all the stresses of that day vanish into oblivion.
My sisters, Trudy & Katherine, have had very different impacts on my life. Trudy is 10 years older than me & was the one who took care of Kats & I when my mum was at work. She taught us & guided us, especially through the teenage years. Just like my mum she has also had a lot of tragedy in her life. She lost both her kids & her husband in a fire. Most of us thought that she would not be able to go on but she has proved us all wrong. I admire her strength & courage………...she must get those traits from my mother.
Kats is only 2 years younger than me & because of that we tended to move in the same circles, go to the same parties etc. We caught on a lot of kak when we were young & covered up for each other on more than one occasion but we were not afraid to let each other know when we felt things were getting out of hand. She is the reason why my daughter will never be an only child. I cannot imagine what my childhood would have been like without her. I always had someone to play with & even though we fought like Kats & dogs we were the best of friends.
My mother-in-law, Tersia is an amazing woman. She is young at heart & has the most infectious laugh. She grew up in an impoverished part of Port Elizabeth & always dreamt of getting out of her disadvantaged situation. She like so many others in her neighborhood married young but fell victim to an abusive husband. She refused to become another statistic & did not want her daughters growing up in that environment & repeating the cycle of despair. She packed her things & moved far away to start a new life. She has achieved so much since then. She got a job, educated herself & bought herself a car & a house. She also remarried. Her husband, my father in law, is the complete opposite of her ex-husband. He is a man I revere & respect & whom I consider to be the dad I never had. In fact every aspect about her life now is a complete turnaround from what it was in PE.
My sister-in-law, Tiffany is a young woman but is already fiercely independent & headstrong. In an age where it is all too easy to fall victim to the temptations of teenage sex & drugs she has shown what can be achieved when you stick to your beliefs.
As you can see I have many strong woman in my life, woman who have risen through adversity & came out on top. I love these women & respect them even more. I also have a young daughter, who has plenty of good role models. With all these strong woman to look up to in her life I have no doubt that she will grow up to be a great woman.