Today I received a compliment, all the while gracious and extremely flattering, I am not sure that I deserve such a compliment. There is one mother whose son is in the same class as the Princess and her and I have grown to know one another over the last few months. Today, we were speaking and she said this;
“You’re such a powerful woman.”
I said thank you very much and was left flabbergasted. The bell soon rang and we parted ways. On the ride to work, I kept thinking in my head “Am I a powerful woman? What exactly classifies a powerful woman?” I perceive women who have persevered, sacrificed and conquered as powerful. I have been very fortunate to have known many powerful women in my life.
My mother’s mother was one of the most influential people in my life. A war bride during the second world war, she moved to a country and started a family. That alone speaks volumes to me. She was a stay at home wife and mother to 5 children when my grandfather died when my mother was only 5 from a heart attack. She then had to find the strength and courage to raise 5 children single-handedly. She would later retire, own her own home and at one point or another had 6 of her 12 grandchildren live with her. She bought me my first dictionary, quizzed me on trivia and really instilled the love of reading I have now. I was only 14 years old when she died, but her legacy will have a lasting effect on me for the rest of my life.
Next was my father’s mother. A dutiful farm wife, she raised 11 children. She cooked, cleaned, and worked in the field up until she gave birth to my father. She never complained about the work load and even sacrificed her own education so her brother could go to school. Family was paramount to her and for that I have an enormous amount of respect for her. And she loved my grandfather. At every meal, she always ate using the utensils my grandfather brought home from basic training in WWII. I will always remember her rocking in her rocking chair, staring out the window, watching my grandfather work outside.
These women demonstrate and illustrate strength to me that I one day hope to possess. While I may have been told I was a powerful woman today, I feel like I have big shoes to fill. I do greatly appreciate the compliment.