The time to grant President Jacob Zuma amnesty, or letting him get away with any crimes he may have committed is long over, writes Max du Preez. For years I had a postcard that my sister had sent to me on my fridge. Most mothers will give a knowing smile when they read these words. And yet, every day millions of women across the world do find babysitters so that they can go to work in order to feed and clothe their children, even if they are too exhausted to care about changing the world.
Earlier this year, while on retreat in Bali, I saw that one of the women who took care of us, looked a bit down. She explained that the uformelle mothers day ilmajoki day was her day off and so she was able to pick her little five-year old son up after school. Knowing how hard it is for any mother to hear this, my heart ached. She told me how she had to leave every day at 5am to make the three hour journey by scooter to get to work.
Her story reminded me of another story that a young man told me recently. Siviwe, who is now 21 years old, grew up in very poor circumstances in the Eastern Cape. His father was abusive and eventually left his mum for another woman. His mother had no choice but to find work in Cape Town as a domestic worker and had to leave baby Siviwe with his grandmother.
He told me how he started school at a nearby farm school. We had to sit on the mud floor and it was very cold. But my mum was the best. Every year for Christmas she sent me one of those little plastic chairs, so that I did not have to sit on the cold floor. It was always yellow — a happy colour. And I felt like a king on my little yellow chair.
Even though I really missed her, I knew she loved me. Maya Angelou once quoted an old African American song: In my case, as with so many other people, my rainbows have been my mother and her mother, my dear ouma Lenie. My happiest memories to this day are of the times spent with my grandmother on her small little farm. Decades after her death, I can still remember how safe and warm I felt tucked up next to her in bed and when I close my eyes I can hear the joy in her voice when she answered the phone and realised it was me on the other side.
My grandmother instilled this capacity to love as well as strength and a sense of justice in my mother. Through her example she in turn passed venner ed fordeler hyvinge on to me and my two sisters. Of course not all children are as lucky as I was, since not all uformelle mothers day ilmajoki are good mothers. But the vast majority will give their lives in some cases literally for their children. This does not only apply to biological mothers.
The world is filled with amazing women who love and nurture children who did not come from their own womb. What ultimately makes someone a mother is the unselfish determination to do what ever it takes to look after those little souls who come to occupy her life. Years ago I stared bleary eyed out of a window at 2 am while feeding my little baby, when I saw a figure waving at me from a window across the road.
It was a neighbour who was also feeding her baby of a similar age. It suddenly struck me how millions of women were at that exact moment awake across the world feeding little babies. It uformelle mothers day ilmajoki also became clear to me that, irrespective of race, ethnicity and class, a deep bond exists between mothers even when so much divides us. And, that we do indeed change the world through every person we raise and deliver to this planet.
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