Guiding Light: 5 Women Say Thank You To Their Family Mentors
If the whole is more than the sum of its parts, then we all owe much to the generations who have helped shape us. Here, five women give thanks for the family members who shaped them
Lamya Gargash and her mother Jamila Yousuf Baker
"My mother never sees herself as any less or any better than those around her."
“Despite not having completed her education, my mother is one of the smartest, brightest and most informed people I know. She has always been a dedicated and loving mother and housewife, and many sacrifices were made on her part. She had me when she was 20, and by 24 she had four of us, and so she pushed her dreams aside, such as pursuing a career, to ensure that our future plans were paved. She wanted us to have options and brighter futures. The world was vast and she wanted us to be part of it. But she also ensured that we worked hard – nothing was handed to us on a silver platter. Aside from being kind and strong, my mother taught me empathy and embedded a belief in us that goodness always finds a way back. My mother exudes strength and confidence, and I admire her unshakable faith – she leans on her faith and trusts herself enough to know she will get through anything. She has a truly amazing soul and has dedicated more of her life to serving others than herself, because she finds joy in bringing happiness to others. She is a giver… If she had but a few coins in her wallet she would not think twice about giving it away to someone in need. My mother never sees herself as any less or any better than those around her. Instead, she gives love wherever she goes. She really is a saint with the biggest golden heart.”