Growing up as an Christian African child in an Christian African household, my parents were not keen on my brother and I watching shows to do with magic. They saw it as something to discourage and we saw it as fun and playful.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch was one of my favourite shows on Nickelodeon (along with The Amanda Show and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide). I never missed an episode and watched it every day after school. On my 10th birthday I told my best friend that I was secretly a witch like Sabrina and I would get my powers at 16 (they never came).
When I got a little older, I became obsessed with Charmed. I even got my younger brother hooked on the show as well. We loved Charmed and loved the fact that they were good witches saving the world. The first time we started watching Charmed was the very first episode that Paige was in. So for my brother and I, Paige was the original 3rd sister not Prue. My brother loved Paige and I adored Piper. That was one of the few shows we never fought over the remote for.
After about 10 seconds of trying to stop us from watching these shows my mum eventually gave up. She instead moved on to just shaking her head and accusing us of wanting to be witches, which in my case wasn’t completely false.
As an adult I can say that magical powers would come in handy but I know that everything comes at a price, one I’m not willingly to pay. So for me, I’m just going to have to continue to depend on a higher power rather than magical powers.
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