An Open Letter To My Prospective Son by Neemo Alice

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Dear son,

We will probably meet very soon but I already care for you enough to want you to know the truth. You will be received with joy and laughter. Your innocence will earn you favours and people’s affection. Others will make sacrifices to make your life worthwhile. You will be protected from harm, even by those who are not blood relations.

A time will also come when the mask is pulled back and the true colours will show. Shadows will disappear and then you’ll see the naked reality. It will then dawn on you that life is a race and only the resilient make it to the finish line. It’s a mountain and the faint-hearted don’t reach the top.

Here, people are afraid of international terrorists than their neighbors. They know that at the mere sound of political drumbeats, brotherhood ties are rubbished. It’s not news that a brother raises against another and tribal loyalties get more regard than the value for humanity.

Son, all humans are not equal; this you will realize. There are ‘haves’ and ‘have nots ‘, the gap between them being opportunity and means. In this world we strive to survive. This is a turbulent sea that few manage to stay bouyant. Some are too burdened with cares that they drown in their woes.

My wish is not to scare you son, but rather to paint the real picture for you.

You must be wondering how we survived amidst such adversities. We still find countless reasons to smile and the urge to live to see the next minute. Every time we go to sleep, our hope is that we wake up to a better day. Our will is re-energized by the responsibilities resting on our shoulders.

Experience has taught us to watch our back my son because nobody can be trusted. One will always be the Master or the Slave, depending on the circumstances. There’s always someone a step ahead and another behind.

In this world, nobody is strong enough to stand on their own my son.

At the end of the day, we still make time to celebrate our victories and strategize on the next move. My sincere hope is that you find a better world than I did. To make it more habitable for you is my call. I commit to tend to any gift nature has provided.

I hope I will be strong enough to keep the promise.

Yours Mother-In-Waiting.

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