I am turning 27 on the 9th meaning my Mai was busy rubbing the belly because I was impatiently turning her womb inside out because I can’t stand being cooped up in small spaces.
I wish I was one bit like Phoebe Kimono Masaba, but I am not. I do look like her the older I get and even laugh a lot like her but she is special. My Mai is a prayer warrior, she has always been the one who prays through the night then wakes up early to go and work. She is a hustler, y’all don’t know hustling till you see a woman park her freelander; tie a wrap on her head and another around her waist then get down and dirty in Kisenyi selling produce. I got the hustling bit from both my parents, Papa doesn’t like seeing his children sad or lacking so he always does the best he can. When I was in shimoni and someone laughed at my skirt for being too old, I would go home and cry. Mai would say be strong, Papa would give her money to get me another because his children are his pride.
I grew up in a liberal home, I like saying that because they never pressured us to do anything we didn’t want and also it sounds fancy. They have always showed us that they are proud of us in their own way. And I think its because of growing up with the freedom to do what I want that I told myself that I will be what I want in life.
The parents raised independent women that I and B moved out the moment we were able to because we felt like we had out grown playing around in his compound. He is so proud of that and now I call him to discuss business and maybe a joke or two but still feel like he sees a little girl with braids holding onto him for stability. In many ways, I do I always feel the need to ask him for his opinion because it matters most to me than anything else.
Mai worries a lot about me because I tend to fight back and I have learnt that while being an employee, there are bosses who want docile people around them and that’s it. So she taught me to be patient, not to be docile but to listen and disseminate before firing shots (I have a fiery temper) and yes through prayer I have come to learn to not always fight back. Its not always worth it stressing over things you have no power over.
Tomorrow morning, I will be 27 and I am completely humbled by what God has done in my life. I am excited about the years coming ahead of me because like Mai said, I am a warrior princess. We don’t quit, we fight on and never settle for less than what we deserve.
I deserve the best and that’s why I work my pretty ass off. 🌻