You are Strength

Thelma Musanhu
Posted October 11, 2019

Dear Young Girl,

From the moment you were born, they spread your legs to define who you are, weakness or strength will be announced to those who have been eagerly awaiting your arrival. "It's a girls" these words sound like a curse to the men who had been pacing up and down with anticipation of who hid for nine months. Once they know "it is a girl", the expression on their faces tells of anguish, hate, and dismay,  a woman is been born to the family. Neighbours peek through the broken gates wondering if a male child was born to the family, no one announces your arrival to those who want to celebrate your birth, weakness defines you. 

Your birth is not celebrated by many, yet you spring us like a rose bush, beautiful although thorns cover your life. Your petals remind the world of the beauty in you but many want to pluck you out even before you bloom to the fullest, they too cannot wait to see your potential, they must smell and caress the petals although they enjoy scattering them in the dirt.  You have been plucked from the hope of ever knowing what it means to become a fully bloom flower yet this too will not drain strength. Your war with the world wages on.

Stand up high even though your shoulders carry more than you can manage to bear, much is expected of you yet little is channeled towards your future. A book is for those who have been defined as strength, well, you were defined as weakness from birth. You yearn to learn, to know the world from a different light.  I tell you this, decide this now, today, decide to speak even though no one is listening, decide to know what the books hide on their pages. Take the bold move to find knowledge, a book will teach you so much, knowledge will give you strength, never see marriage as the end but the price at the end of your education.

My sweet young girl, you have developed so beautifully, your fruits are admired by many but never let them pluck until you have gained the knowledge of the book.  Each day brings more trouble and worry but your kind is rising up to fight with you. Celebrate being you. You are Strength

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

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Hello, dear Thelma,

You are truly a gifted writer. You’ve used the imagery of a flower to describe how girls are treated in this world. True enough that most, if not all, of our petals have been played with or plucked even before we can bloom to our fullest.

And yet, despite all the pains we endure, we still dare to bloom. That is our strength. Even as, We ARE Strength, a force to reckon with.

Please keep writing your beautiful reflections, dear. It personally stimulates my thoughts and think deeply. I love your style of writing.

Thank you for sharing this powerful message to us. :)

Thelma Musanhu
Oct 12
Oct 12

Thanks for the comment Karen, our girl's future is brighter than we ever imagine.

maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Thelma,

Boy or Girl... they are a blessing from God. Both has purpose.

Girls are strength, they are also created by God.

Thelma Musanhu
Oct 12
Oct 12

You are absolutely correct maenna, girls are strength too and we need to continue reminding them that

Jayne Isaiah
Oct 12
Oct 12

Such a beautiful piece! Thumbs up!

Thelma Musanhu
Oct 12
Oct 12

Thanks Jayne

Anita Shrestha
Oct 12
Oct 12

Dear Thelma
Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hello Dear Thelma,

Thanks for sharing your powerful, and wise words. I hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

XX

Sister Zeph
Oct 14
Oct 14

This is a beautifuly written story and I must read this to my students because most of them are girls, they must know their value as girls and this post of yours is enough to make them understand their vialue as girls, thank you for sharing my dear

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

HI Thelma,
Hope you are well. Thank you so much for sharing your post and looking forward to reading more of your posts.
Stay blessed.