The blessings and challenges of being a woman - Getting to know you Friday Blog Hop




Question of the week: What are the blessings and challenges of being a woman/man?

I am older than most of you, come from the Bayous of Louisiana and have a unique perspective
on the challenges of being a woman. I grew up in a world where women were not allowed to work,
divorce was illegal, birth control was a sin and I knew that I would not be allowed to go to college.
Most of my friends were married off by 14, sentenced to lives as "house slaves" to husbands chosen by their parents, knowing that they would bear a child per year until they needed football bleachers in the living room to watch the two scratchy black and white channels that we got on TV.

Back then hair conditioner had not been invented, also no calculators or computers! No video games! 

I was blessed with a Grandma who taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to in this life.
She died when I was 10 and I miss her still. Her black maid, Clara taught me never to be prejudiced, to always be kind to one another. I left the bayous and built a life for myself "up north".

I was the first woman in my family to live as modern ladies live now. I continue to empower the girls in our family as my Grandmother did.


My blessings, being a woman are too great to count! The great joy of my life is being able to
help kids. Looking back on my life, I accomplished everything I set out to do. My own businesses, homes, etc. but the best thing I ever did was to have children. My children are grown now and have blessed me with grandchildren.

now you know a little about me, I'm off to read a little about you.

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Where I grew up:

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow...I had no idea you grew up that way. How fascinating! You're grandma sounds like a pretty cool lady and you don't sound like one, I know you are. Kudos to you for like a "modern lady"! To go against the norm like that was incredibly brave!

Lisa

P.S. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up! :)

mamawolfe said...

What an amazing story! Women have come so far, really. I agree about having kids, and raising them to be empowered.
Thanks for linking up to our hop!

http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com

Spilled Milkshake said...

What a fascinating, powerful story. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so thankful you were able to accomplish everything you set out to do in your life. I am pleased to meet you!

Thank you for hooking up with our Getting to Know You Friday blog hop!

Christina
Spilled Milkshake