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Georgina Damons - Single mother and working it

Situated in the heart of the Knysna Waterfront stands a unique little shop called Bitou-on-the-water,  full of charming bits and bobs. The first thing you notice when walking in is not the curiously placed ornaments or artworks, but the warm greeting from Georgina (46), the bubbly shop assistant. She is a single mother who manages to stay positive, no matter what life throws at her.

“My previous employer was retrenched, so we closed down in 2016.  I was just at home all the time after that, I didn’t want to do anything. But, I had to. I needed to be paid. I was unemployed for five months. I’ve worked here for three years now. 

“I started working here by accident. A mutual friend got me the job. I didn’t really want to do it. At the time it wasn’t what I usually did, I was more into clothing retail. This was completely the opposite. But I actually started to love doing what I’m doing. Sometimes you just have to adapt to certain things. The more uncomfortable you are, the more you tend to move forward. That’s what happened to me.

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"Now they’re grown and I can actually live my life. I can start doing what I couldn’t do then. I would love to start ballroom dancing.”

“I’m a single mother of two children. My daughter is twenty-one and my son is twenty years old. They’re grown now. Well, not really grown – I’m still their mother!  When I was unemployed, we learned to adapt to our situation and work accordingly, keep to our budget. You have to work with your head and not with your heart. When I became a single mum, my children were still small. They needed a lot of attention. It’s really tiring when you don’t have a partner to assist you. It’s only you. Luckily, I had my parents. They were the networking system that really supported me. But, you long for that person to be there with you and help raise your children. unfortunately, you have to go through it and make the best of it. 

“Being a single mum is actually quite tough. I can’t really put it into words. I was 24 years old when I had my first child. Right now I’m enjoying it because I dedicated my life to them. I made the choice to raise my children without a guy in my life and that was the best thing I could do. Now they’re grown and I can actually live my life. I can start doing what I couldn’t do then.  

“I would love to start ballroom dancing. I haven’t started yet, but I’m planning the goals I would like to achieve by the end of the year. I would love to get back into cooking, too. When I was younger I used to take part in cooking competitions, so that’s definitely something else I’m looking to achieve. Nobody wants to be alone and raise children. But, at the end of the day, it’s about what’s best for your children.”

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