5 Sep 2013

The Women I Come From

I am late in taking part in this blogtember, but I want to jump on this wagon in motion.

The first task was Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are 

my mother

My foundation is made of women.

Whenever I look back to the people I come from I see my mother, granny, great-granny and great-great-granny. Aunties, great aunties and female cousins. The males in our family history are not so prominent as the women. The women are strong in presence and in character. Even when people think some are weak, they are all strong because their weakness is their strength.

They’ve all been through a lot in they lives but managed to stand up tall and proud.

Once my granny told me that my great-great-granny was a midwife {old school midwife, that’s} and she good with herbal medicine. I know my great-granny was a successful farmer. My great-granny was petite but had the strength of a giant. I remember she used to walk for miles under the burning Ghanaian sun to go to her farm and then walk back sword under her armpit and a bunch of plantain on her head. My elder brother got his passion for farming from her.

My mother’s great-great-aunt used to be an entrepreneur and my mother got that skill from her. My mother is a businesswoman in early retirement but her business mind is always in motion. 

I am all the above and none, because I don’t know much about midwifery or herbal medicine or how to run a business for a long time {in 2012 I closed the shop I opened in 2004, because I am living my life in Canada}. However, the strength those women showed me in time of tribulation is part of me forever. I am grateful to them.


  1. These women sound like beautiful women!! And what a place to come from!

  2. They sound absolutely wonderful. <3


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