As i revealed in one of my previous posts, i am a typical example of mothers who left their jobs, stayed at home and took care of their children.
I spotted the lady in the above picture hawking at the Kaneshie market. She was going up and down selling table cloth in the scorching sun. I had gone to buy some food stuffs. Despite her repeated shouts, “yes table cloth” nobody minded her or bought even one. I shopped around the same area and left. This is what most mothers or women go through everyday, lots of frustration and disappointment.
I have had quite a number of women complain to me, “our spouses do not show any appreciation from our hard work, and it hurts”. Hmm!
A woman once told me, “Auntie, I always wake up at 4am, take care of the children before I go to sell at the market. My husband has never appreciated or wished me on my birthday!”
“May be it’s an oversight! Don’t hold it against him, try and remind him when the time is close” I acknowledged.
Most African mothers hawk in the scorching sun, carrying their babies at their back with heavy loads on their heads just to sell and earn money to cater for the family. Pregnant hawkers are not excluded. This can eventually affect them seriously. The struggle sometimes make these women become bitter and yell at their children at the least provocation. Others also beat their children mercilessly. AO! mothers, we shouldn’t allow the pressures of life to overly affect us so much. Let’s take things slowly.
I encourage all mothers (Women) not to relent in their effort. Whatever your circumstances may be, “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” Philippians 4:13. Putting all your faith and hope in God, you can overcome your fears. Mothers are a gift from God and they must be recognized, appreciated and be celebrated at all times not only on mothers day.
God bless all women around the globe.
Appreciating your endurance and tenacity.
We do all