(Essay) To Honour the Grandmothers by Majidi Warda

… an essay as we in the Southern Hemisphere enter Winter:
“… I honour the grandmothers who were married too young in order to serve husbands and communities.

I honour the grandmothers who upheld the traditions and kept the customs. The grandmothers who sewed the sacred cloth and stirred simmering pots of stew that nourished their families. I honour the grandmothers who kept close the sacred seed, and knew exactly what to plant and when….”

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Today, I honour the grandmothers. The wise ones who walked this earth before.

In my community, the grandmothers are passing. This is their time to leave. I honour their stories of hardship and their stories of migration.

I honour the grandmothers who were married too young in order to serve husbands and communities.

I honour the grandmothers who upheld the traditions and kept the customs. The grandmothers who sewed the sacred cloth and stirred simmering pots of stew that nourished their families. I honour the grandmothers who kept close the sacred seed, and knew exactly what to plant and when.

Exactly what to sow, exactly what to harvest, and exactly what to let lie dormant in the earth when the winter came.

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