Eventually, every bird must leave the nest and learn to fly on his or her own. Every parent knows that this inevitable truth is coming at some point, yet they act surprised at that moment of truth. I feel as though Habesha parents seem to have a big problem with this subject matter. All of … More Spreading your wings to fly..the habesha mom’s greatest fear.
Abataye, (My Father) is the best Dad a girl could ask for. I must say., He doesn’t hear it enough. I think father’s are sometimes under appreciated and we take their existence for granted. We often see our father’s as an enforcer ( which I do/ did). But as a young woman, I see more … More Abate (Father)
Weddings, graduations, church services, celebrations of any type are often accompanied by this: “Eleleleleelel”. The high pitch chant that we make in times of praise and excitement. Not all of us can reach the highest pitch. Often the elders and mothers within the Ethiopian Community have mastered the art of the perfect “elelelele”. The rest … More Elelelele (The sound of excitement and praise)!
A common issue among children of immigrant parents is the use of Ethnic names. They are difficult to pronounce, hard to spell, and sometimes are the butt of all jokes in elementary school. Per the name of this blog my perspective comes from the Ethiopian American experience. I know of Ethiopians who give their children, … More Taking pride in your name: Ethnic vs. nonethnic
Enate! Mother The cornerstone of the Ethiopian family. Where our stories begin and end. In Ethiopia, like most places around the world mothers are the cornerstone of the family. Mothers bare the children, are nurturing, supportive and have unconditional love for their children. The love between a mother and child are absolute. It is the … More Enate, Mother
I recently the BBC posted an article about students at Ambo University who were killed. There are conflicting reports between the eye witnesses and the Ethiopian government regarding what the cause of the fighting was. Eyewitnesses claim 47 were killed. The Ethiopian Government claims the number is only about 4. Al Jezeera posted this article: … More Tribal wars? Is it really necessary?
Ethiopian culture tends to be family oriented. Whether it is members of your immediate family or extended family we are all equally loved. We call one another family / cousins (zemed). Growing up, I was often with cousins…extended, immediate, friends, all were cousins. They were/ and still are part of my family that I love. … More Family, the center of our lives