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THE INTERVENING PERIOD

 Darling, There are things, and then there are Things- you know: the ones with a capital “t.” …
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NOW I KNOW PAIN

The older I get the lonelier I feel. Adult smiles are brief then we walk past each other. The mind is more imaginative. That’s good when i …
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YOUNG WAIRIMU

Yo! Young Wairimu, Okay, so maybe I shouldn’t start a letter to my younger self that way. But, on a serious note, I would only write a …
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YOU WERE ONCE WILD HERE, DON’T LET THEM TAME YOU

Dear 26 year old Amandla, You spent the past 10 years working your butt off so your sister and brother would have the same opportunities yo …
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DEAR YOUNG CHARLI

Dear young Charli,   I have never been very good at writing letters. I generally would prefer to talk to you face to face, but for now, t …
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YOU DON'T HAVE TO HOLD EVERYTHING IN

My darling eight year old self, I realised something a couple of years ago and I think it’s about time I shared it with you. Listen caref …
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THE CHILD MAMA RAISED

Dear Wanjeri, You’re eight now and life is about to change. One morning in June, you’ll want to enter your parents’ bedroom like you …
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IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU

Darling, It has taken me a long time to finally do this and I am still not sure these words are the ones I want to use. This is a problem y …
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IN FAITH IN HOPE AND IN LOVE

Afua ni mbili, kufa na kupona (Deliverance is of two kinds, dying and getting better) Dear Nyokabi, This is not going to be good, but you …
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TO MUGAMBI

To Mugambi, March 4, 1999. On the evening following the funeral of Davie M., your high school desk mate, who died from alcohol poisoning …
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YOU CANNOT LEAVE THIS LIFE ALIVE

Dear Kuni, Confusing, confounding, painful remembering, regretting, rethinking, changing perspective. …
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PAIN & STRUGGLE + LOVE

Dear Sweet Njeri, 19 and in your final year of undergrad.  I can see you now. Slowly understanding or getting to grips with the way you dr …
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PAIN

Tamara, I wish I could tell you your no nonsense attitude and candid approach to life will protect you from pain. It won’t. …
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LOST FOR WORDS

It hurts. Nobody ever told you that a broken heart could literally physically hurt. You gave this thing called love the best of you. You gav …
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