Remembering the Past, Hope for the Future
I sat there, at my desk, inayofuata to my bedroom window, thinking about the past events in 2012...and remembered the time...when I was at Relay for Life. It would not be soon before I, myself, passed from cancer also. My doctor alisema that I would only have a few months left, so I decided to make the most of it.
Our team had raised $6864.88 for cancer patients across the globe. We had all been preparing for this one special time. I was walking the Survivor's Lap, and watched as all the survivors of cancer walked a lap together. It was so cheerful!!! The national anthem played overhead, and a trio of singers sang the lyrics. Everyone stood there, solemn though happy, with their hands on their hearts. They finished the lap, and everyone cheered for them.
It was almost 9 o'clock at night, and Kira asked if I would like to walk the Luminaria Lap with her. I agreed, and we stayed kwa each other until 9. When the time arrived for the Luminaria, the lights dimmed. The speakers were turned on, and the chairman of Relay for Life started speaking. "Let us take a few dakika to delve into the true meaning of the word hope." Everyone lowered their heads in prayer. "Everyone with Cancer and those who surround them must have hope, we must embrace it as we awaken to a new day, and we must tuck it in with us as we dream in the night, we must place it deep within our hearts, and know it is the very thing that gives us strength when all seems lost, for it is the core of our being. When hope is all wewe have, know that wewe hold the key to serenity, for it is obtainable, but most of all, it is what truly feeds our souls. As we light up this night, together, let’s stand in hope that one siku we will see that bright, beautiful light at the end of the tunnel, and that all we had ever hoped for will one siku be achieved simply kwa believing, that it is always better to light a candle than it is to curse darkness. Thank you."
The music, "I Will Remember You" kwa Sarah McLachlan started playing over the speakers. It was supposed to be a country song, not very sad, but in the way it was placed, it made it seem extremely sad.
"...I will remember you...Will wewe remember me...Don't let wewe life pass wewe by...Weep not for the memories..." As wewe might know, I still remember my grandmother, who passed from cancer. We lit the candles, and everyone held a candle, symbolizing hope. HOPE spelled out in the bleachers above us with luminarias. Kira started to weep beside me. It was truly a sad moment...a moment of remembrance of their Lost loved ones, and to reflect on the past. The muziki soon ended, and our whole team was covered in tears.
Kira took me to get a blue raspberry, rasiberi Icee. It was really to cheer me up. It worked, and I loved the frosty, sweet taste of the blue raspberry, rasiberi Icee.