Roses for Mama, today’s her birthday!

I don’t know how many of you remember this song. It played every so often on Sundowner during the breakfast show. (Yes! Watu wa KBC Good morning Kenya, tumezeeka!) I remember this so well because, I was one of those kids who found it so hard to get up in the morning. My mum used to feed and dress me while I was half asleep in her room as she listened to this show and sang a long. This particular song was by one Red Sovin- Roses for mama, today’s her birthday. He sang this for his late mum. It talks about him visiting her grave every year on her birthday and taking her roses.

Unlike Red Sovin, mine is a celebration of life! Life that brought me and my siblings into existence, life that gave her blood and sweat to raise 4 kids in the best standards she could afford and who still babies us and our kids! I remember this one time while we lived in Nairobi west, I slept over at a friend’s place. I think I was around 10yrs of age. When I was dropped off, she had left for shagz all day. I had missed her so much, that I camped in her room all day, crying and sniffing her scarf until she came back home. Don’t get me wrong, she’s amazing, but she never spared the rod!

Our estate had these bonfire parties every end of year and parents let kids stay out late…until midnight. The last one I went for ended with a fight from some teenagers who got drunk and I decided to take refuge at my friend’s place for the night. Of course my mum was worried sick as she had to look for me all night and almost even involved the cops! Someone told her that she spotted me go to kina Shiru’s place, so she let me sleep til 6 a.m. When I got home, trust me, that is the last beating I ever got from her. 50 strokes from a belt that left my mum sweating, and she grounded me for 3 days in my room with food and supervised bathroom breaks! No TV, no playing outside! Just sit and think about my mistake. Hahaha, every time I remind her of this, she says the punishment was equivalent to how worried she was when she thought I had been kidnapped. I even wrote an apology letter! Hahaha, muuuuuuum!

I’m sure everyone has so many amazing stories about their mums…I can go on and on about it. I don’t think I have any “out of this world” quote I can share that can express how much I love and value my mum. However, I know that everyone can relate to Boyz II Men’s song ‘Mama, mama, you know I love yoooooouuuu!!!!! You know I love you. Mama, mama you’re the queen of my hearrrtttt! Your love is like tears from the stars. Mama, I just want you to know….loving you’s like food to my soul!’ This song still makes me tear up (*wipes tears)

I love you mum! God bless you and keep you. May you have many more years filled with joy and laughter.



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