In Summary
  • The consequence of my heavy indulgence in love fantasies at such an early stage was that I turned out to be a hopeless romantic.
  • It didn’t help much that my mother happens to be a staunch believer of love, romance and the entire hullaballoo.
  • Would you like to share your own love story? Please e-mail: lifeandstyle@ke.nationmedia.com

I grew up reading lots of storybooks and novels with an inclination to romance and drama.

When it came to music, I was a diehard fan of R&B and pop music boy bands from Westlife, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, you name it. I would sing along to most Mariah Carey and Celine Dion’s songs from the tender age of five.

I remember Sunday Nation’s magazine, Young Nation used to publish lyrics of popular songs every Sunday. My older brother and I had a 200-page exercise book which we used as a scrap book for the lyrics. We filled it up and it was our greatest treasure.

As I grew older, I realised that whoever wrote those lyrics for Nation had a serious hearing problem and had me cramming the wrong words all those years.

MARIAH CAREY

My all-time fauvorite jam was one by Mariah Carey titled “Thank God I Found You” whose chorus had me daydreaming of being in a perfect romance. The chorus went like this: Thank God I found you (Yeah yeah)/I was lost without you (I was lost)/My every wish and every dream/Somehow became reality/When you brought the sunlight

HOPELESS ROMANTIC

The consequence of my heavy indulgence in love fantasies at such an early stage was that I turned out to be a hopeless romantic.

The writer, Marion Maina, poses with her mother Jane Maina. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

The writer, Marion Maina, poses with her mother Jane Maina. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

It didn’t help much that my mother happens to be a staunch believer of love, romance and the entire hullaballoo. If you happen to be looking for my mother in a wedding crowd, she will be the women whose face is beaming, eyes lit-up and glistening with welled up tears of joy and hands cupping her chin waiting for the perfect “Aww” moment.

My siblings and I grew up with no doubt that finding love was the greatest achievement of mankind as per the example set by my parents.

MY MUM, MY VALENTINE

I don’t quite recall how old I was when I celebrated Valentine’s Day for the first time in my life. However, I remember that my mother was my date.

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