Women’s International Day – Millions who endured and shined in darkness

Women who birthed leaders need to be celebrated

Women’s International Day must be recognised because of the millions of women like my mother who endured unbelievable hardship in quietness. These types of women influenced future leaders to be individuals of integrity.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My mother more than any other person taught me to live by a good conscience and to be a person of my word.

Mum would often work two jobs while raising her children. She managed money brilliantly and kept an impeccable home. In her aging years you would hear her say “I chased the sun just so I could be in the garden for one more hour in the evening”. Mum was the envy of many who had a much easier life because she stood tall in a world filled with hardship.

Mum’s first husband was missing in action during war and her one year old child was torn from her arms and fostered out. Like a slave along with thousands of other women, mum was sent to rebuild cities in Eastern Europe as a labourer.

After many years alone, mum met dad and it was love at first sight. We migrated to Australia, mum and dad with three children, a place she called her promised land.

The woman always had money squirreled somewhere – We always had a brilliant meal waiting and quality clothes – Love abounded and she let us find our way

My mother was a committee of one because she knew what she wanted. When her doctor visited us on her death bed he said with a smile “Sofia died on her own terms” she was ninety three years of age.

I’m so fortunate to have been raised by a lady who lived the wisdom that was depicted of a virtuous woman found in the book of proverbs. It describes a woman’s character that was led by wisdom. I was also fortunate to find my own woman of virtue, my beloved wife.

To all the women who celebrate Women’s International Day, I commend to shine and raise future leaders void of gender and filled with character.

The above picture was taken of mum’s third great grandson speaking to her in a couple of Greek words. He filled her heart with such joy in her nineties.

Great grandson marveled at her joy, don’t you just love innocence.