Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rest in Peace Mum

2009-06-10 08:00:00. We got the call, come quick and take her to hospital. On our way we were told, go straight to hospital. And at the hospital we were told, she's left us. And that's when our family's worst ever nightmare began.

The postmortem results showed that she'd had a heart attack (yeah, just like MJ) due to atherosclerosis i.e. the arteries bringing blood to her heart were clogged with cholesterol, hence the heart muscle cells died slowly over the last couple of years due to reduced oxygen supply. Since mum had been quite healthy all her life (and not overweight), it came as a shock for all of us.

Funeral was the other Friday (19th) and it was a really rough ride for the husband, daughters (the one in the US couldn't come however), son and grand daughter left behind. But by God's grace, and the love, support and contributions of relatives, neighbours, friends, workmates and strangers, we are still here, still standing, trying to move on.

So what was mum like? A month shy of her 60th birthday (her birth cert was less 4 years though), she was a retired secretary who took up poultry farming, and had also explored business opportunities in Southern Sudan. She was a strong believer, committed to prayer and counselling the many women she came across in the hood and beyond. She loved to laugh (was the founder chairperson of her chama called 'Mitheko' group) and looked out for the best in everyone.

My best memory of her? When she sided with me and not my high school teachers during Form Four 1st Term open day. I'd performed poorly, mainly because I was more focussed on interschool games. I told her (in my capacity of vice capt) that our hockey team needed to make it to the national finals and that I'd pick up my studies after the ball games. Turns out our team made it to the national final itself, and I got the highest possible grade in high school. And that's what any kid would want in a mum: to believe in his/her dreams.

I'll follow my dreams all the way through, and I know I'll make it. Sadly, she won't be here to share in my success, in as much as she deserved it.

I'll miss you mum. RIP.

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14 Comments:

At 6/28/2009 11:31 pm , Blogger gishungwa said...

Just here to offer Hugs and lots of them. Words wouldn't do justice.

 
At 6/29/2009 8:49 am , Blogger odegle said...

Pole sana. May she rest in peace

 
At 6/29/2009 4:14 pm , Blogger voiced thots said...

Death Robs us of Valuable people.Pole. She will Share in your success.She just changed her residence..to somewhere near the father. May she RIP.

 
At 6/30/2009 1:07 am , Blogger Farmgal said...

So sorry. May she rest in peace! (((((((mwasj))))))))

 
At 7/02/2009 8:34 am , Anonymous Wanjiru said...

May God give you and family comfort. She is at peace.

 
At 7/03/2009 8:07 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were blessed to have her..may God comfort and carry us through

 
At 7/04/2009 11:20 am , Blogger mwasjd said...

@gish
True, words aren't helping. Thanks.

@odegle
Thanks man.

@voiced thots
Change of residence without notice isn't very pleasing. Death has done us a great injustice.

@Farmgal
Thanks for caring.


@Wanjiru
Thanks for being there for us. We'll catch up sometime.

@Anon
Sorry you couldn't be with us. Wish we'd made the most of the short time we had with her.

 
At 7/17/2009 4:54 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Poleni sana.

 
At 7/24/2009 10:56 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

@Anon
Asante.

 
At 7/30/2009 11:25 am , Anonymous Mushenzi said...

Man, am so so sorry for your loss buddy. I know its tough but it's God's decision. He wanted her closer to him. Pole sana.

 
At 8/23/2009 8:19 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

@Mushenzi,
Cheers bro. Thanks for the support.

 
At 8/23/2009 9:58 pm , Blogger Riba Capital said...

May she rest in peace.
It was her time and she went to be in a better place.

 
At 8/27/2009 6:31 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

@Riba
Thanks bro, I appreciate the concern.

 
At 9/11/2009 4:13 pm , Blogger glo said...

I've not checked out your blog for a while...Sorry for the loss of your Mum and may she Rest in Peace!!
One love

 

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