Naomi 10/08/94 (4 months)
Naomi age 3
10th birthday 14/05/2006
My mom, my aunt Suzanne, my brother Jean (On aunties laps), my sister Jeanne (on the right), my brother Cedrick (on the left) and me (on my moms laps)
My dad and my mom, I think they had no children on this picture. So I wasn’t born yet haha. But anyways, this is where I get my good looks from, just in case you where wondering lol
WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL
(Remembering my childhood…Nostalgia!)
When I was a little girl,
I had an imaginary friend called Matthias. He was a friend I went with everywhere. Matthias was actually a boy. He was my age. I think I was about 10 years old when we became friends. I only dropped Him when I was 14. It was someone I was very close to. I so much believed in His existence that when I come to think of it, I really wonder if it was my imagination or Matthias was actually real. Question mark!
I was 6, we have one old gardner who only had one tooth. So me and our house helper would toast hard bread for him and give him then laugh at him eating it with his one tooth.
We used to have one german shepherd called Golf. He came into our lives the same year I was born. We where the same age. When we turn 10, one day after school dad announced that golf had died. It really broke my heart. I went and saw our dog who was like a brother to me laying in the ground dead. It was painful. But the most beautiful thing is that my family and I spend his last moments all together with him. We surrounded him and he died the next day. I mis you golf, see you in heaven buddy. I know you’re there.
I was 4 and one day all my siblings where in school. I was playing Tarzan in the house and my mom was in her room. I jumped from couch to couch and bumped my head at the corner of our library table. Blood dripped down my face and I cried and my mom came and there was blood everywhere, she took me to the hospital. I had a big ugly scare on my forehead.
My siblings and I used to call on people on our ride back home. We would see random people on the road and would scream “hello aunti, hello uncle” and they would look back and be like “who’s this?” and our mom would just be driving and laughing.
Me and my brother had a fight once and our dad got us on our knees and asked us to apologize to each others, but none of us did. He took his shoe off and flopped us so bad and I cried so hard. My parents never spanked me, that was the only time my dad had spanked us.
My mom used to like smoking fish, it was really delicious. One day she made some fish and kept it in the oven. I was so tempted to have a piece of it, I woke up in the middle of the night to go steal a piece in the oven and I had a piece on my way back I bumped into my brother. I was like what are you doing here? did you also come to steals mom fish? he laughed, and was like yeah, you thief. And the next morning mom was like, theres one piece of fish missing who ate it? someone ate it.
I used to bully my brothers A LOT. I think its a last child thing. You bully then get away with it from mommy. I would tease them and run to my mom and she would say: “leave her alone she’s young.” then when it came to bed time, because I was afraid of sleeping alone, I’d go knock on my brothers doors and they would leave me outside and I’d cry.
One time I was really wanted to watch a TV series but my brothers wanted to play soccer on their video games. I asked them to let me have a minute and watch my show but they refused. So I went in the kitchen where the lights and power control buttons where. I switched it off and they though the lights had gone off (common in Africa). They were mad and went to their bedrooms and I switched back on and went to watch TV. haha, they came out and where like the lights already came back? I was like yea but its my turn to watch TV. I was 12 I think,
It was just after the war in 2002, my family and I were staying in a safety camp and there, there was a funeral in the house near where I was staying. So one day, my teacher had attended that funeral and he was sitting on the corner of a wall (it was an outside gathering). There was a hole on the wall, so me and my friends where playing in the backyard when we came across that hole. It was my idea to take a piece of wood (a thin and sharp one), we took it and passed it across that little hole on the wall and starting poking our teachers leg. He started scratching himself cause he thought it was a mosquito. We pocked him so many times, until he turned around and realized it was a bunch of kids doing that to him, so the people next door knocked on our door to complain and I left all those kids outside and ran inside and pretended i was never involved. They got in trouble. I was about 8 years old.
Me and my cousins (aged 7 and 5) where once playing in the bathroom, and then it was bedtime so we brushed out teeth before going to bed. Then, I swallowed the paste and told my cousins I enjoyed the taste so you know what we did? we ate ALL the coalgate (tooth paste) and went in our bedrooms. Then their mom (my aunt), went to the bathroom to brush her teeth and realized it was all empty. She called us and asked what happened to the paste. We where all quiet. She got mad and asked again and my little cousin who was about 5 told her mom we ate it all. She got so mad she spanked them. She didn’t spank me though. But it was my idea. I was 7.
I use to have this one bad habit of switching off the lights when someone was in the bathroom. Every time my brother was in the shower, because the light switch where outside, I would wait for him to get the water running and then switch it off and run fast to my moms room. He would get mad and yell Naomi!!! then switch it on and go back in and I would come again and switch it off and he would get really mad. Then he’d come in my moms room to complain and she was like, she was here the whole time, leave her alone. stop being so mean to her. She’s your little sister.
One day one of my school friends had a false bills that she was given by a dishonest taxi drivers as a change. We knew it was plastified but we tried to go to a shop to buy something with it thinking that the guys would not spot that it was fake money. We entered a store, we were about 4 little girls al aged 10. We sent our friends I remember her name was Deborah to go buy something while we where waiting on the corner. She went and the guy spotted that it was a fake bill and called his friends and said, catch these little girls its a false bill lets call the police. I tell you when he said that, I look around me an d my 2 other friends had disappeared. Lol they ran as fast as they could and I was just standing there not knowing exactly what I to do. One part of me was feeling bad cause the guy had Deborah pretty much in detention, but I ran fast anyway and joined the other girls. We went to our other friends house and her mom was like why are you guys so breathless like this? We were like, nothing Mme. Then we started praying for Deborah cause we though she was sent to prison. So then Deborah shows up crying, we were like what did they do to you? she was like, they wanted to call the police then they told me not to do that again and let me go because I was crying.
One day me and two friends where bored after school we decided to walk around in the neighbourhood. Then two teenage guys where sitting on a wall watching us, I think we were around 10 years old. They blew a ballon and asked us if we wanted it, so my friends got it and those guys laughed at us going around. We didn’t know that what they gave us wasn’t an actual ballon, it was a condom. My friends and I didn’t know that and we were like, wow it has such a weird colour and texture then some guy came and asked us why we where holding that, he took it away from us and we told him some guys gave it to us and he was like don’t ever touch such again, go home and wash your hands. So we ran home to wash hands and my moms friends asked what happened, we told her and she was like wow, you caught aids (just to scare us) so we started crying thinking we where HIV positive. I went outside and said a prayer, I remember i said Lord please don’t let me die of aids, forgive my sins lol. ignorance haha
To be continued….
I had a great childhood…sometimes I wish I could live it again…