Childhood Memories Essay
most affectionate man, most loving, and caring. After seven years of
being away in Saudi Arabia,
I still have the love and tenderness for him. My father Osman Hagi was born in
Somali Mogadishu on January first 1960.
He was the fourth of nine brothers and eight sisters of which three girls and
three boys died. Now as 63 years old, my father remembers most of his childhood
years as a time of family and great experience of life.
At the age of
four, Osmans mother died. Even though there were six boys and five girls left
to raise, Osmans father Mao Hagi, refused to remarry. He didnt want to create
a conflict within his family and with his children. He felt that a new mother
would cause turmoil and jeopardize the relationship he had with his children. The
family struggled because there wasnt anyone to cook or prepare meals, because in
our culture, men didnt do womens work and Osmans sisters were too young to
do the work. Life was tough and difficult.
With only a father who owned a little
grocery store, trying to provide for his family, it was not enough to support
the family. Along the way, was when a close family member decided to help the
family out with their struggle through life? She did all the cooking and
cleaning. While the children went to school she was there for them.
When my father
turned five he started Islamic School. As the tradition of the Somali, each
child was supposed to attend Islamic School before Public School. At the age of
six Osman completed the Islamic school.
By the age of seven he started Public
school. No matter what age you were, you had to start from first grade. At the
time 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 face
continues of spanking, from the behind, hands, and legs. The rules in school
were strict. There was no fun and freedom. Everything was based on learning the