In Summary
  • My mom’s religious character is a trait I cannot fail to mention. She has been a church leader for as long as I can remember. Even the church is unable to let go.
  • She reminds us to always turn to God at any given time, whether in happy or difficult times, we should always put God first.
  • Every night before we go to bed and after our family prayers, she never forgets to give her blessings to her young ones (nieces, nephews  and her own children).
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“Maureen, I am off to work,” is the first sentence I hear every morning. It’s the voice that inspires me and it’s my motivation for writing this story today.

51 years ago, the most amazing human being was born. Everyone has their fauvorite human, mine just happens to be my mom. She’s called Josephine Wanjiku Mwangi.

Despite her age, she still carries on her responsibilities with pride. She gets up bright and early every day to prepare breakfast for the whole family, whether her children are there to help or not.

This may be the only meal she prepares as she is at work the rest of the day, but she does it whole-heartedly. You’ll never miss tea, porridge, bread or maybe sweet potatoes on the breakfast table, typical Kikuyu traditional breakfast.

Meals are very important to her as she wants her family healthy and showing, “mwana mwega no da,” she says, loosely translated to “a good child is his or her stomach.”

“Are you okay? Is something the matter? Why aren’t you eating? Did you feel better?” That’s mom. She is always hands on family’s problems as she can’t stand seeing her siblings or anyone else suffer.

As my dad is the “first born” in his family, she gets to be the first sister or mother to everyone. Being the only nurse in the family, she takes care of everyone.

Whenever anyone is pregnant in the family, she is the first call as she can advise them on what and what not to do.  She is always at the expectant mother’s beck and call especially when it is just a few weeks to delivery.

You would think she would complain as the extended family comprises of 12 children, most of whom are married and have kids, but she never does.

She will get up late into the night if she has to. She runs her own clinic near our home and she will treat anyone who comes knocking even after she has closed for the day at whatever time they need her services.

My dad obviously complains but she just smiles and nods.


My mom is my role model, she is always jovial and ready to tackle anything, be it be good or bad. Despite her happy times, there are times she is faced with challenges that dims her glow.

A few years ago, she lost her father to diabetes and as fate would have it months later she was diagnosed with the same.

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