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  • She was a single mother of a 12 – year - old daughter and 8 – year - old boy. Her son had been born severely retarded and partly paralyzed. She loved both children. Her husband had abandoned her and the children and so had his whole family, who blamed the handicap of her son on her. God must have punished her for whoknowswhat she had done before in her life.
    This mother worked 16 hours a day 7 days a week selling fruits and vegetables in the market. She did manage to bring her son in his wheelchair to the school for special education (yes, we do have such a school, but mentally retarded children are educated with intellectually brilliant ones that suffer from physical handicaps in the same classroom. I wonder how the teachers can manage that. The school is far outside town and hard to reach and for families with low income it is often impossible to get their children there).

    Her daughter picked up her brother from school after she has left hers. She had learnt to give him his medicines and do the physical therapy with him. At 9 o’clock at night her mother returned home, ate dinner with her children, read them a story or they just talked a bit and went to sleep.

    The woman lamented how very tired and lonely she felt. My heart broke just listening to her. Where did she get her Super - Strength from?

    When I invited her to cry and mentioned the word FORGIVENESS, she grew stiff and alert in a split second and stared at me.

    “Don´t come with this forgiveness!" she exclaimed," If I start to shed tears and forgive, I will not be able to live the life I live for one more day! Then: what will happen to me and my children? Will you feed us? All my strength day - in and day - out comes from my fury. I am furious at my ex - husband and his family and this fury gives me the power to go ahead with what I have to do every single day!"

    Art by Kiki (The Dragon)
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