Gratitude for Cultural Appreciation

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On Sunday I was supposed to post about being grateful, but something happened and I didn’t.  Later on my daughter started talking about missing Sierra Leone and why she loves it… so I recorded it.  I think my daughter and I have kind of made a podcast… kinda.

 

In this audio recording baby girl tells me what Sierra Leone means to her and I express my gratitude at being able to promote our Sierra Leonean identity in a way that has enabled my daughter (a second generation Londoner of mixed heritage) to feel very connected to our roots.  Some of what she said was very surprising!

 Would love your feedback in the comments!

 

 

Always with love,

Tamu xx

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  • Jade
    February 25, 2017

    It’s amazing the little things that kids pick up on and how they’re happy to live the simple life and it’s us who probably worry more about giving them things than they do. My kids say the same about Barbados (where my mums from) that they like the weather and the people and the fact they’re more free.

    • Motherhood Reconstructed
      February 25, 2017

      Thanks for listening Jade. I couldn’t agree more!

  • L
    February 17, 2017

    Absolutely loved this!! You’ve obviously provided her with the opportunity to connect with her roots and heritage and it’s beautiful to hear how much she loves Sierra Leone, but can also see where things can be improved. She has a wise head on her little shoulders xxx

    • Motherhood Reconstructed
      February 18, 2017

      Thank you for tuning in L :). I was pleasantly surprised, they really to absorb everything! xx

  • Sheri
    February 17, 2017

    Thank you so much for allowing us to be a fly on the wall in your mother daughter conversation. I got a real sense of the young lady you are raising. So much depth to her comments about how SL makes her feel. How she’ll look back on this conversation in years to come….the pride in her roots is so far reaching. Deep makes me question my own, having not visited my country of origin in over two decades. Well done Miss Z, you amaze me!!!! Thanks again for sharing Tam xxx

    • Motherhood Reconstructed
      February 18, 2017

      Thank you for listening Sheri and thank you for your lovely comment. I am pleased that she is developing a worldly view xx

  • Xenia
    February 16, 2017

    Was wonderful to hear you both talk and explore your roots together. I feel like you where Cyprus is concerned. I want Zoe to have positive associations with our country of origin as she grows. I also want her to learn the language (even if it means her going to Greek school on Saturdays (which I moaned about, but now see the benefit of) so she can connect with her cousins and elders.

    • Motherhood Reconstructed
      February 18, 2017

      Thank you so much for listening! I think Zoe will thank you for it. At the time I kept thinking I just want her to know where she is from and be proud all the rest is a wonderful bonus.

  • Tenneh Thomas
    February 15, 2017

    Out of the mouths of babes. Well done Tamu. Your daughter has a wonderful sense of SELF. Surely it’s time the gov of SL LISTEN to this next generation, especially those from the diaspora, and make SL a place that they, the next generation can really feel truly at home in. Is it too much to ask that in 2017 for a country as MINERAL WEALTHY as SL to provide it’s citizens with a BASIC WORKABLE INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Your child speaks truth from her pure heart. Pity the gov of SL won’t LISTEN or take into consideration what her and her generation have to say. THE FUTURE IS THEIRS.
    God help them. God bless them.
    Thanks for sharing, it was a refreshing POV. Xox

    • Motherhood Reconstructed
      February 15, 2017

      Thank you for listening and commenting. I can’t even begin. The state of SL is WOEFUL deliberately so. All I feel I have to power and energy to do is help my child be proud of her roots so when the storms come she bends rather than break xx

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