Birthday privilege

Today happens to be that day when I celebrate my birthday. Several years ago on a day such as this, at about 9pm I made my entrance. I will take the liberty of assuming it was a grand entrance seeing as my dear mother is not about to be dramatic about it and give me further details.

Saturday July 26 2014

By Min Atek

Today happens to be that day when I celebrate my birthday. Several years ago on a day such as this, at about 9pm I made my entrance. I will take the liberty of assuming it was a grand entrance seeing as my dear mother is not about to be dramatic about it and give me further details. I was a relatively big baby with lots of hair; that detail I got to know when I had my first child. Somehow, at that point my mother felt liberated enough to share those particular details about my own birth.

Celebrating a birthday is a somewhat new phenomena for me; I will assume that means I’m growing wiser but to see another birthday and another isn’t something to take for granted. One of my classmates, who also happens to be a year older than me drove the point home when she said that growing older is a privilege.

It’s a privilege not everyone gets to have and so those who have it ought to celebrate the achievement. And so, whereas I will not proclaim it on the roof tops about how much older or younger I have become, today, I celebrate this honour and privilege. I think of my elder brother who passed on when I was finishing Senior Six.

I think of my other brother from another mother who passed before his 34th birthday and that makes me grateful. I did not sign a pact with God that I should be living to date so am grateful for the chance to be alive and for a chance to make a mark and a contribution in this world.

My seven-year-old son repeatedly asked me how old I was and I told him I was 92 years old. The number shocked him and silenced him to this date. I’m not about to provide him with finer details just yet and unlike some musicians I will not underestimate my age. However, I will sing and give thanks. I will be thankful in my heart and I will continue to make an effort with all that is within me. I aim to fulfil the purpose for which I was created. It sure feels good to be here, so, warmest birthday wishes to me.

— jmabola@yahoo.com

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