Mum’s the Word
If you’ve read my posts on Africa, you already know more about me than my mom ever did. Once, years later, when I asked my mom if she would like to know the full story about why I stayed in Africa instead of traveling with my sister when she came to visit me and then coming back to the U.S. with her, my mother said, “I never told my mother anything that would make her feel bad.” Case closed.
There was a whole part of my life my mother never knew about by choice. She never knew that I was nearly killed twice while I was there, or that I initially stayed because I was in love with an Ethiopian man. My sister knew all because she was there when the shooting took place, and I had told her about the kidnapping, but she never told my mother. In many other ways, I am very like my mother, but there are some other genes surging through me, because I always want to know everything and I will almost always ask for the “rest” of the story.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dear Mom.”: Write a letter to your mom. Tell her something you’ve always wanted to say, but haven’t been able to.