Mamas, They are gems yet it’s funny how that name seems the last for toddlers to master. But that doesn’t discourage mamas from expediting their maternal duties. I can still recall how mama used to wake us up in the wee hours of the morning so we can prepare for school in hope for a brighter future. We’d wake up with groggy eyes to Habel Kifoto’s, ‘uvivu ni adui mkubwa kwa ujenzi wa taifa, kwani ndicho kiini hasa kisababishacho njaa. Then Mr Slow’s radio cassette would play, ‘Mami witū aaī rīrīa arī muoyo twarīaga tūkarara na mūthebeo.’
Mothers are icons, legends, heroes, words can’t even begin to describe them. From bringing a pregnancy to term, to braving the labour ward, to playing nurse when the kids are sick to playing advocate when Dad wants to read the sentence to being a shoulder to cry on. Mama is also the first teacher, first words, first steps mama is always there encouraging you and cheering you. I could go on and on and still do them no justice.
Then there are those days when they just have to teach you common sense. Kids be like, ‘mum, where should I put these utensils and mama all cool replies, ‘ on my nose 👃.
My Mother is a peasant farmer who worked her hands to the blood and the bone to ensure there was enough food in our plates. I remember one time she woke my sister up to go to school very early. She was in form four and would wake up as early as four in the morning to revise. The moon was shining bright in the Colorado skies, ‘ Kūrora andū’ and mama thought it had already dawned and left for the farm. As she was weeding, suddenly that darkness that hovers before dawn came. Mama could not see anything and she just had to sit in the farm until she heard the birds chirping, then she continued with her weeding.
Kumbe gari za dunia gari za dunia kumbe zinadundanga sana. Lakini mgongo ya mama kumbe ni ya Mortisela ya fute hakuna siku ata moja ilinidundisha. Na tena akipima kuanguka ni mie tena ndiye anapigania atwale mama ooh mama.(mama ni mama) Pastor Emmanuel Ushindi couldn’t have put it better.
Happy mother’s Day to all mothers for being so selfless.