How was it- Growing up?

This week Di is asking us all about our growing up experience.

This week’s questions:

Growing up, were you closer to your mother or father, or was it a balance of both depending on the circumstances?

My mom passed away when I was almost 6. Though we did have a stepmom after a few years, it was my father who raised us ( me and my brothers) and was both a father and a mother to us. It was his love and dedication to our bringing up that we turned into good, loving human beings.

What was your favourite toy as a child, and do you still have it?

I was very fond of playing with dolls when I was very young. Then I discovered arts and crafts and dabbled in drawing, making jewelry with beads, knitting, sewing, etc. at the age of almost 62, I don’t even remember what happened to my toys much less have kept them.

Did you have any secrets?

One big one- We didn’t like our stepmom. But it was shared between us siblings and we never told anyone else. Now I’m okay with her and she’s too.

What did you want to be when you grew up, and are you anywhere close?

I was studying to be a doctor when I got married in my 4th year of med school. My father desired that I should get married as in my culture it’s the parents who arrange the marriage of their children. I honored his wishes and then couldn’t complete my degree as I became a mom. I never had any regrets regarding this. As for being close; I call myself a “half-doctor” and have enough knowledge to be able to know when we should go to the doctor or if is it okay to take OTC meds.


There is something to be grateful for every day, embrace it.

We are almost into summer and there are just a couple of weeks to go before the summer break starts. That means we can travel and have some free time.

Thank you Di, for these interesting questions.



62 thoughts on “How was it- Growing up?

  1. I am sorry you lost your Mom at such an early age. My Dad was 5 when his mother died and he was raised by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. They were a pretty close family, which is a far cry from how we are now. Your Dad sounds a wonderful man covering all the bases as Mom and Dad.
    Lovely gratitude and pictures. We are hoping to have another lovely year of roses.
    Thanks for joining in today.

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  2. I’m sorry you lost your mom when you barely know life and I’m also glad that your dad stayed and watched after you to become the person that we know today, you’re amazing Sadje ❤️.

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  3. What a beautiful sharing dear Sadje. Thank you for sharing a few pages of your life with us and wow! half doctor. That is so cool as is learning knitting, sewing, art at 62!

    Those flowers are cosmos. And I love them too, they attract a lot of bees and come in various hues.
    I hope you finish med school someday. It’s never too late right?
    Big hugs and lots of love.

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    1. Thanks Natasha! I’m afraid becoming a doctor now is a bit beyond my ability as I’d have to study the whole course all over again. I had a suspicion that they were cosmos but I had seen them in shades of purple only. Many thanks 🙏🏼

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  4. Thank you for sharing.❤️ I also stopped going to school in favor of motherly duties. I was studying to earn an associate’s degree in veterinary science. Not as intensive as a medical doctor. Still too much for me to handle as babies two and three came along.🤯 I love that you said you have no regrets.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Melissa. It’s a pact I made with myself that whatever decision I made, I won’t regret them. I’ve seen people waste their lives wallowing in regrets.


  5. Gorgeous flowers, and hooray for a summer break. I also had to stop my college education to take care of my mom. I got an Associate’s degree but wanted to go further. Then I got a job and worked way past retirement age. What’s meant to be is to be.

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  6. It’s heartwarming that you have no resentment to not finishing your degree. You clearly make the most of life and what it has thrown at you. Times are changing and fewer girls have to make those choices these days. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man.

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  7. Being a Mom’s pet, I can’t even think how it feels without mom. It must have been hard for you, dear. But thankfully your father compensated for that. Your grateful attitude is commendable, lovely Sadje.

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