I am so thankful for the incredible opportunity to speak at the Young Women Networking event organised by the EY Foundation. In attendance, in addition to other speakers and staff of the organisation were teachers and 30 beautiful young women from two schools in Tower Hamlets and Southall respectively. I had the opportunity to ask…
“Mum, Mum! Chantelle was frantic with excitement as she shook me to rouse me out of sleep. “Can we go and meet Jesus with NanaG please?” I should have expected this to happen sometime soon, I think. I could smell the delicious air of baking coming from the kitchen and it got stronger as the door opened wider to reveal another excited Jordan who was neatly dressed in a slightly-oversized white shirt and wine coloured big and seam adjusted corduroy trousers. They were also folded at the ankles at that did not seem to matter to these children. Thank you was not enough to say to Gracie who was walking towards me with a plate in hand. She handed me the most mouth-watering pancakes I had had in a long time. “Ah” you didn’t have to, I said politely.
She was a beautiful dark-skinned woman of African descent, not quite old enough to be my mum but was full of wisdom. I was lucky to have her as she made parenting or co-parenting, in this case, a tidy responsibility. She was in her early 60s and had 2 children who were married and long gone. Looking after my children were her way of giving back and staying young. I met her one day when I was out shopping with the children about 5 years ago. It was quite a chore trying to get the kids to pay attention and do as told whilst in the shops. As little as they were, both under 5, they would charge off in all directions as soon as they were got outside the car. It would become a game of hide and seek, me shouting their names, running after them, trying to maintain order, quickly locking the car door and catching up with them but not all in that order. It was while trying to find them that I ran into Gracie.
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