“For me, honour means being grateful for the help I receive and making the most and best of any situation” – Jennifer Gentle
We are proud to feature Jennifer Gentle as this month’s Woman of Strength & Honour. A single mom to 3 children who she put through university, even though it took selling her dream home. She has handled a story of cancer with absolute grace and is the epitome of strength and honor. There has been nothing life has thrown her that has managed to keep her down.
She said that if she had to write down all the experiences she’s had in her life, it would have to be a trilogy… we couldn’t agree more. Jennifer, thank you for sharing your story with us. You are an inspiration!
She recalled: “When I was wed as a young woman, I gave away my power, it isn’t how it should be but it is how it happened.
I had my fist child at 19 and there was no thought of furthering my studies. 2 more children followed in the years to come and after many years of marital challenges, a split was inevitable and fortunately I was left to the responsibility for my 3 children and myself.
After sitting in line to get an appointment for maintenance court with 100 women alongside me with crying children, I had the realisation that if he did not want to support his children, there was nothing that could make him do it. I decided to take up my role as the sole provider and this was the best decision I made moving forward.
I was unconditionally supported by friends and family and there was no way I could have done it alone and be successful. I had many ups and downs in my single parenthood and one that comes to mind was selling our home.
When I was younger, I drew my dream home, a home that was U shaped and had all the rooms looking out onto the pool. Many years later I bought a beautiful home and during renovations, I realised that it was, in fact, the dream home that I had drawn as a child!
We enjoyed the home until I had to sell it to afford university fees for my 3 children. Through tears and snot that was a meter long while packing boxes, I realised that this challenge was a fortunate one as I was able to send my children to university.
For me, honour means being grateful for the help I receive and making the most and best of any situation and in that way honouring myself and those around me.
Strength is being able to ask for help when I need it and trying my best regardless of how tired or disheartened, I may feel. There are many women who have much tougher experiences, but I believe that we are only given what we can handle.
I am grateful for all my challenges and experiences because it has made me wiser and more empathetic.”
What an encouragement of someone who didn’t let life get them down and tackled their situations head on!
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