Life According to Heather

Life According to Heather

She’s there if you have the eyes to see her. She’s the teacher who refused to settle for grades from you she knew were beneath what you could achieve. She’s the woman who gets up, dresses up and shows up each day, giving her best to the world despite past hurts, traumas and pain. She’s the stranger who gives you a kind word, or the lady who kneels in the quiet hours to pray for a friend.
You might not even know her name and you probably won’t find her using a Google search engine, but she is a remarkable woman. While remarkable women like her might not blow their own trumpets, Woman’s Day (9 August) is the day we blow their trumpets for them.
One of the first interviews I did as a journalist was a profile piece on a woman who was turning 100 years old. I arrived at the interview expectant, with a list of questions for her. What wouldn’t you want to ask a 100-year-old? What great historic events have you lived through? Who have been some of the most influential people you have met?  What are some of your most cherished memories?
Only, as I began to speak with her it became evident, she couldn’t remember anything.
I sat fiddling with my pen, not sure how to proceed with the interview. This was when her daughter entered the room. “Oh your best memories mom, that’s easy,” she said, putting a reassuringly hand on the old lady’s back. “That would be the time you spent with us in Paris. Am I right?” Her mother nodded.
And so the daughter became her mother’s memory for her. She knew all the details of her life, holding her mom’s memories in her heart. Her mom was a remarkable woman to her. I learned something important that day. While you might not be known to the world, you might very well be the world to someone – and that makes you a remarkable woman.
In celebration of Woman’s Day, on page 2 of this week’s tame TIMES we look at what makes a woman beautiful and on page 4, we speak to three leading local ladies and offer exclusive safety tips for women.
This week I also want to honour Veronica Breedt. Veronica has featured numerous times in the tame TIMES as she has related to readers the story of her daughter, Chantel, diagnosed with cancer in November 2014. I was very sad to hear of the news of Chantel’s passing because I knew how much she meant to her mom. The team at tame TIMES extends our sincerest condolences to Veronica and her family, and we salute Veronica for the determination and courage she has shown over the past few months. In her efforts to overcome various obstacles to be with her daughter, who was treated in Ireland, and comfort her during her illness, she showed the meaning of true love and dedication.
Tell the remarkable woman you know how they have impacted on your life this Woman’s Day or share their stories with us at heather.djunga@tametimes.co.za