Childhood Memories EssayThemost affectionate man, most loving, and caring. After seven years ofbeing away in Saudi Arabia,I still have the love and tenderness for him.
My father Osman Hagi was born inSomali Mogadishu on January first 1960. He was the fourth of nine brothers and eight sisters of which three girls andthree boys died. Now as 63 years old, my father remembers most of his childhoodyears as a time of family and great experience of life. At the age offour, Osmans mother died. Even though there were six boys and five girls leftto raise, Osmans father Mao Hagi, refused to remarry. He didnt want to createa conflict within his family and with his children.Order now
He felt that a new motherwould cause turmoil and jeopardize the relationship he had with his children. Thefamily struggled because there wasnt anyone to cook or prepare meals, because inour culture, men didnt do womens work and Osmans sisters were too young todo the work. Life was tough and difficult. With only a father who owned a littlegrocery store, trying to provide for his family, it was not enough to supportthe family. Along the way, was when a close family member decided to help thefamily out with their struggle through life? She did all the cooking andcleaning.
While the children went to school she was there for them. When my fatherturned five he started Islamic School. As the tradition of the Somali, eachchild was supposed to attend Islamic School before Public School. At the age ofsix Osman completed the Islamic school.
By the age of seven he started Publicschool. No matter what age you were, you had to start from first grade. At thetime Somali was ruled by the government of Italy. As a corporal punishment, the languages thought in school were Italian and Arabic. The Somali language was not official.
School was very hard. There was no freedom. Any mistake you made, you had to facecontinues of spanking, from the behind, hands, and legs. The rules in schoolwere strict. There was no fun and freedom. Everything was based on learning thehard way.