One of the most beautiful and memorable funerals I attended was that of a family member. She had many health problems, but she managed to make a difference in many children’s lives despite her condition.
My cousin had had a very troubled childhood, having been raped by her father before she and her siblings were finally taken out of the home. The experience left her with severe emotional problems which plagued her for most of her adult life.
Having had two children, she raised them as a single mother. My cousins had remarked that she was a meticulous house keeper. Her many friends at the funeral commented on what a beautiful job she did raising her children. Though she did not have an education after high school, she managed to send both of her daughters to college. One was a high achiever and very bright student, landing her a scholarship at Brown University, an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island.
During the eulogy, many people testified about my cousin’s love for children and how she frequently had the neighborhood children around her. Apparently, she did things with the children and tried to keep them out of trouble. One mother’s daughter was saddened by my cousin’s death because my cousin was supposed to paint her fingernails the week after the funeral.
My mother was pleased with what people were saying about my cousin. My mother has a love for children and always takes an interest in them as well. She has always encouraged me to get involved with children and was instrumental in my acquiring babysitting jobs as a teenager. As I had a lot of responsibility for the care of my sisters when I was growing up, I welcomed the opportunity to attend college and take a break from the household activities. However, children were still drawn to me throughout my adult life.
It was not until I was conducting research into my Native American Indian roots, that I came to an understanding of the talent that my family has for the care of children. The English settlers were fascinated by the way the Native American Indians raised their children. They were very loving and permissive with them and taught them the different hunting, agricultural, and tool making skills that they would need for their adult life. This is how my mother raised her children. I was taught how to run a house beginning at age six. My mother wanted me to know how to take care of the house in the event of her untimely death.
In conclusion, It is very interesting how our ties to our ethnic heritage have shaped us. Examining the lives of our ancestors can reveal many insights into our own behavior and achievements.
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