February 19, 2009

How does she do it?

Here’s a picture from a recent after-school English class.
On the left is Victoria, one of the “star” high-school students. (That’s “star” by our standards. She passed last year but as I’ve explained that doesn’t always mean a lot.) On the right is her son, Ayabulela, a bundle of joy who enjoys pre-school - especially lunch - more than any other child. In this class, we were practicing writing letters and Victoria brought Ayabulela along to keep an eye on him. I kept him quiet with an apple.

(I’ve written about these two before and their relationship with Victoria’s mother, who was once quite sick.)

I just can’t fathom how someone can be both a high-school student and a mother at the same time. The obstacles each role creates for the other must be so great as to be nearly insurmountable. But somehow she manages.


Barbara Seiler said...

Ayabulela has one of the most beautiful faces I have ever seen. I hope he can keep that smile--it will light up the world.