The Women in the Family

This here, is an image of my biological maternal grandmother. We never got the chance to meet because she passed away due to medical health problems when my own birth mother was seven years old. I have heard many stories of her, and admire her. I wish we got the chance to meet because I can tell she had a gentle soul and a kind and loving heart. I chose to honor her because she is one of my many female ancestors. In life, we often forget how we got here. Honoring the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death, I will quote a line from his song, Keep Ya Head Up.

“And since we all came from a woman/ Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman.”

Without the women in our ancestries, none of us would exist. Quoting from a colleague of mine:

“It is said that we die twice: once when our physical body is gone; the second, when our name no longer falls from anyone’s lips. Fifteen years ago right now, my mother had one hour left on earth, but her memory lives on. She has not yet departed from our hearts.”

No one wants to be forgotten. It is our descendants who can enable us to live on. We should show our ancestors the same respect. Find your forebears. So I choose to honor the women of my past. Both those I’ve met physically, and those I’m meeting on journey through my past. Rest in peace: Maurdy Mae (Edwards) Cahee


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