Writer’s Name: 0rnitha Danielle
Title: A Remarkable Woman
The things that this woman taught and instilled in me made me who I am today. She was a strong, Christian, black woman, and a single mother raising three children on her own. I witnessed the heartaches, the tears, and the setbacks, but yet she continued to fight and was very determined to bring us the best. She had a reason to strive for much more although the odds were against her; she did it for her children. This person is my mother.
She was talked about by her siblings for raising us to be strong, educated, and respectful. Looking back on it now, none of my mother’s children, my siblings have been in trouble with the law; we never did any time or been any type of menace to this society. You know, the type that you hear people say that will shame and make their mother’s cry. At times when I was growing up, she spoke of a foreign language which was indeed English which I knew fluently, but I opted not to hear. The words she spoke, I didn’t understand nor did I care to understand. The older I became, I felt more of a foreigner in my own home around my family. As a strong, educated black woman, I appreciate the struggle and learning to deal with the hand that was dealt to me, when it was issued.
When I think of this remarkable woman, she exemplifies in Biblical terms “The Proverbs 31 Woman.” I can honestly say that everything that was shown to me while under her roof prepared me for womanhood. She did what she considered or thought was the best for her family. I’m not saying that every decision that was made by her did I understand. But no matter what, my mother still retained unconditional love for me as her child. Only God knew that this woman would be the remarkable woman I needed and would pattern myself after today. As our mother & daughter relationship became very strained, I was always reminded of what, how, and why she’d done the things she had done. Filled with hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness towards her, I was very much wrong in the eyes of God. How can I ask Him to forgive me, but I couldn’t forgive her?
We all make mistakes and need to stop holding grudges. Just thinking of the times I had made her cry for being difficult at times upsets me. I am learning and have to come to an understanding that I will only have one mother and that neither of us came into this world with instructional manuals (i.e. “How to deal with a TEENAGER or a Daughter” or “How to deal with an Alien Mother”). Through it all, my mother is indeed a Remarkable Woman. As for me I’ve instilled and taught my children some of the same values that were taught to me along the way. So many women need to instill some precious values into the lives of our young women of tomorrow.