Unstoppable and United.

Leonard John
Posted October 11, 2019 from Kenya

I grew up in an African polygamous family where local traditions were given a upper hand.  My grandfather was the sole Bread winner and he did it so well up to late 1990s. Not so far after my grandfather died, the family scattered since he had married four wives who were not in good terms. Most of his possessions quickly diminished not far after he passed away leaving the family at low depths.

Every household had to strive to provide for themselves. The women were strong indeed to fight and satisfy the needs of the first growing orphaned girls and boys. Education was ranked a choice mostly for the impoverished families and the girls had no choice but to get to the world. After 8 years, my grandmothers died in turns leaving the homestead to the young sons to take over the homestead.

The girls had no choice or let me say, for them, "the die had been cast. Choices were they get married and continue with their lives since most had engaged in local businesses that pronned them to social immoralities. Anyone can imagine how life gets furious to a young orphaned girl-child with less education. However, to Cathy, giving up was not a choice. She never dropped out of school,never got married and her grades never climbed down the ladder! To her, life had to continue!

My grandfather was never rich, but had enough to sustain his family. He instilled this into his sons and the boys were really hard working. And for so, Cathy could get a piece to rest her head whenever she came back home. She was blessed in wits and that's the tool she used to build herself. I remember Cathy getting a call into the missionary school where her studies could now be fully sponsored by the church. That was a great step in her life! In fact, an answered prayer.

However, I vividly remember her coming back home during one of her holidays. She never looked down upon her sisters, maybe it was their fate, maybe it was their destiny. She proved an iron lady and did not want her sister's siblings to suffer the same. She always sought for schools where the young boys and girls could fit and looked for ways forward for financing their education.

Dear sisters, it doesn't matter what you underwent, how you felt, and how much pain you jumped into......,you could be the reason someone else can smile. A candle can burn from both ends, let's instill love in the society. Love can bring a bright tomorrow when we hold our hands together and in prayer. Thanks!!

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Lisbeth
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear Leonard,
Thanks very much for given us this powerful advice. Well noted! Have a great weekend you too.
Liz

Leonard John
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thanks much Liz for your comment, I had a great weekend, Hope you had a nice one too and wishing you a good day ahead!

Lisbeth
Oct 15
Oct 15

Yes I have. Can't complained. Thanks for asking. :-)

Hello, Leonard John,

Thank you for contributing to the Call for Stories and for sharing Cathy’s determined spirit to rise above her circumstances. What a great example to emulate!

I love your sweet messages in the end addressing it as “dear sisters”. I like this most, “A candle can burn from both ends, let's instill love in the society. Love can bring a bright tomorrow when we hold our hands together and in prayer.“

We do find a brother in you!

Thank you!

Leonard John
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thanks too Karen, I am equally happy for the encouragement and would also wish to hear and share much more with the sisters!
I am humbled. Be blessed.

You're welcome, dear bro. That would be great. Please keep sharing and encouraging. :)

Tarke Edith
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hello Leonard
Yes if we share love together it will bring a brighter tomorro
Thanks for sharing dear

Leonard John
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Edith, it great hearing from you. Thanks for your comment and have a happy day ahead!

maeann
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Leonard,

Thank for your encouraging words for the girls. I hope that more men like you bring a smile to women with respect and care.

Leonard John
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Ann, that would be my prayer! Hope you are having a great week onset and wanna thank you for your encouragement too. Be blessed!

maeann
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thanks

Anita Shrestha
Oct 12
Oct 12

Dear Leonadr
Thank you for sharing, keep it continue

Leonard John
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Anita, much thanks and be blessed dear!