You better think

I will kiss your feet just..
choose me over yourself
– that in-between love before your last love

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Time is not always on your side.

There is a lot of guilt that we all carry in our day to day lives. We want to be there for our loved ones, work on ourselves and contribute to the world. Sometimes something has to suffer, you have your priorities. I think we should focus on the quality of time that we are spending and giving and not on the quantity. When you are with your parents is your mind fully present or are you thinking of your other responsibilities? Do you make them smile, do you have deep conversation, do you give your undivided attention and support? There will always be a sense of guilt when we cannot give more time to a loved one, a cause or anything that is close to us. I believe that guilt is there because the love is there. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Reflect, evaluate, communicate and move on.

 

Keep trying.
Peace. 

A little bit more listening

You want to know if there is more to life that just this.. whatever this is..
Go rest your head on your mother’s chest and listen to her heartbeat
Then tell her what you heard and kiss her feet
If she does not make you believe.. who or what will?

Mama Africa and her children

During my visit in Djibouti I met the most incredible children and it also made it very clear that children they just want you to acknowledge them as the incredible individuals that they are.

We all know children love to play games outside and just be happy. What you may not know is that in my neighborhood I am that big girl that will just jump in and play too. One afternoon,  a couple of girls were playing volleyball,  as I was walking past with my friend the ball went into my direction and I hit that ball back. To the point I kept playing with the other girls and even my friend kept saying that I need to stop cause people are watching. I stopped but then one of the girls got the ball did not say a word but gestured at me to join back in.. What did this 25 year old woman do? I joined back in for a couple of minutes then some random woman yelled: ”Don’t you have any shame? You are a grown woman stop playing sports?!”. That annoyed me so bad that I just gave her a look of : ”And you are?!”. After that whenever I saw the girls playing,  the same girl would always wave and smile at me, the girl who wanted me to join back in.

Every lunch time,  Zainab (9) would come over to my house to drop of lunch but today instead of running back to her house, she stood there watching my cousin and I playing football. At one point I kicked the ball to her and the most beautiful grin just covered her entire face and she shot it back. We kicked the ball for a bit and after a few minutes she went on her way.  From that point on I adopted her.. emotionally. After I left Djibouti she visited my cousin and asked if I truly had gone. My cousin told me that Zainab was a bit upset and told her that I was the person that showed her the most kindness. Zainab is one extraordinary child and I pray that one day I will return back to Djibouti and see her happy and well.

Yes, I am a grown woman but I feel like a child and I am not embarrassed to play outside with you or even ask you how your day is going. All I know is that children want to be acknowledged and mostly through the little things that will only cost you a few minutes. These amazing individuals in return share their joy with you.