[Inspiring Story] A woman who was cheated to get married at 18 and later on her son became the world’s biggest leader
Her name is Ann Dunham, She was brought up in a good family as the only child. She was a beautiful and rich white girl.
Ann was a straight-A student too and she entered university at the age of 16. When she was in the university, she met a boy!
This African man was a very popular guy at the university and He had won the hearts of many young women.
Both of them felt in love at first sight and after knowing each other for a few months they got married, at that time Ann was three months pregnant.
This newlywed should’ve been leading a happy life and whilst waiting for their son to be born, Ann soon found out that her husband was a cheater! He actually already had a wife and children at his hometown, so this marriage was a horrible fraud.
After the big disappointment, she decided to quietly gave birth to her son. At first she hoped by giving birth to their son and her husband will be more mature but instead, he left his wife and son who wasn’t even a month old and went to Harvard to pursue his Phd. Ann was only 18 years old at that time!
She was very angry and decided to file a divorce when the son was 2 years old. At that time interracial marriage was not permitted and she married a black man, she even gave birth to a child and then divorced. This was considered very unusual thing happened at that time.
After the divorce, her ex-husband did not provide them with any financial support for their child. Ann began her single mum’s life, looking after her child while attending her classes. When facing hardships, she just smiled. She did not want her child to be sad, and thought of ways to explain to her son:”You have a great and outstanding dad.” She was a good mum and gave his irresponsible dad credit.
But her son lacked fatherly love and it is still irreplaceable, slowly the son grew up and she was unable to hide the secret. So she explained the situation to her son.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree and at the same time, an Indonesian student proposed to her. Ann accepted his proposal and began a new chapter of her life. She brought her son along to live in Indonesia. Although they lived in the outskirts, no power, no tarred roads but life was happy and meaningful. Three years later, she gave birth to her daughter.
Education in Indonesia at that time was very limited and she personally became her children’s teacher. She taught her children: We must be independent, strong and must not give up easily!
She was very strict in education, waking up at 4 am, telling her children to wake up and learn English then she went to work. After work she personally taught her children to do their homework.
Because her son has slightly darker skin, his peers used to call him ‘Blackie’ but she told her son not to feel inferior, Martin Luther King was also a black man.
A person’s achievement has nothing to do with skin color, everyone are born equal. A person’s most important qualities are honest, be independent and frank with their judgment.
Ann said: “Life is full of depression, but we can create a life that is fun and meaningful!”
She believed that she can live a meaningful life, believed that her children will become a responsible and useful person in the future. At 1992, she completed Phd and she was already 50 then!
Unfortunately, even though her life had improved tremendously, doctors diagnosed her with final stages of cervical and ovarian cancer. At the age of 53, she passed away!
She did’nt know that her son would one day become the first black President in America. Yes, you guessed it right, she is the late mother of ex-President of USA, Barrack Obama!
Ann’s teachings had given a huge impact to her children! No matter if you have children or not, please set aside your anxieties and complaints, to be excellent you must first be optimistic and positive!
She was a single mother who was always optimistic and moving forward, setting aside her failed marriage, misfortunes and life of hardship, she was independent, strong and hardworking. She has a compassionate heart and is a superwoman in her children’s eyes.