Last Week I Cried …

December 28, 2010 at 1:51 am (Uncategorized)

Last week I cried.
Things have been pretty rough but I had kept away from the edge and keep my worries far from my mind because I have no covenant with frustration. When a friend offered to help out I was initially reluctant. I wondered if I was not exaggerating the situation hoping to get pity. I saw clearly that I was not.
I recall Layi Adekoya (my brother and my friend) back then telling me that I liked to give but I never wanted to take. He made it quite clear that it was not right not to receive. I don’t recall saying anything but I never forgot. So I made up my mind to accept assistance.
Then the call came and I went off to the machine. I looked at the figures and my heart stopped. I just stood there staring at it. People behind me did not appear to have sensed anything. I got back after a while and pulled out my card. I walked towards my car but I was not going to the car. I was just loitering trying to find my bearing. How could this be?
Finally in the car, I sat for about three minutes before placing a call to say my gratitude in a voice I could barely recognize. After this, I started the car, backed up and drove to the intersection and waited for oncoming vehicles. I just noticed that I could not see clearly so I brought up my arm and wiped my eyes… that was when I saw the wetness.
Tears in my eyes
Another person’s kindness to me had made the tears come. Then the sniff sniff, trying to bite back … how could anyone be this kind?
Eventually, I found that it was a number of people, some in Nigeria, that came together to give me a lifeline. I would have loved to list them and thank them but I doubt that they would even give me the list. They have learnt to give. They know my long prayers will not make them richer neither would my thanksgiving make them any more blessed. What is theirs by their father is theirs already whether I add or not. But I add this anyway … your lights will never burn out.
Now, I have learnt and I am going to do the same thing they did. I am going to find a community of givers and we will make another person cry. If we can, someone will sniff every month. Still, Rotimi, I thank you.
Last week, I cried

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