Monthly Archives: May 2014

My tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing was nothing less than a shock to me. I understand that she had lived her life and lived it to what I believe was life in the fullest. But I guess in my mind I didn’t expect that she would be gone, at least not yet. I was still working toward finding my way to that level where I would be cordially invited to meet her and speak with her and chat about life and learn from her. I imagined I still had time to accomplish that dream but I guess her purpose had already been served and it is her time to rest.

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Twenty Three Thousand Five Hundred


It was the very first thing that popped into Aguti’s mind the moment she woke. She was glad that the children were home for the holidays. Angel, her eldest child, would take care of her siblings. Aguti’s twin sons were a stubborn pair but they respected Angel enough to listen to her. Baby Acheng would not throw a tantrum for not being allowed to go to school. The child needed the rest.

Knowing that Amooti, her husband was working the evening shifts at the police station was a bit of a relief too. She did not have the energy or the patience for him, not today.

“Twenty three thousand five hundred!!! Twenty three thousand five hundred!!!” Aguti muttered this to herself as she quickly got ready for the day ahead. She had a quick shower and was dressed within minutes, securing her leso around her waist as she finished.

She didn’t want to wake her children, not even to say goodbye. It was far too early to be waking them. As she readied her things to leave for a hard day’s work, she was surprised to hear Angel and Baby Acheng voices from the children’s room. She peeked in to see what they were doing. Angel had a torch in her hand lighting a story book Amooti had recently bought for them.

Angel was reading to Baby Acheng. They heard the swishing sound of the curtain that separated the living room from the children’s room, looked up at her and smiled. She smiled back exposing her beautiful white teeth. She then made a silly face, crossed her eyes and stuck her tongue out. Baby Acheng burst out and laughed. She let them be. The boys would not be woken by anything other than the sun or the smell of breakfast.

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