24 Years of age today!


At 2000hrs on the 29th of November 1987, she felt it, he was coming! He had waited for 9 months, but could not wait anymore. He was kicking and punching and screaming and she knew he wanted out! On that day I was born, loud as ever and kicking like i was on fire. I never cherished my birthday because i grew up only knowing my mothers and siblings love. I started school a year early and my mother fought hard to put me and my siblings through school.

We wondered why she didn’t take us places, why she didn’t buys us fancy stuff. We made her cry at times when we wanted stuff but she couldn’t afford because she could only take care of the basics, school fees, place to live, clothes and food. Where was my dad, at the bar with his friends! I see it now mom, i would not be the person i am if you had had things different for us all.

Has my life been simple, no! Grew up in a really messed up way but thank God he is who he is, takes trash like me and fixes it. I have never cherished my birthday, because i never felt loved but these last 2 years have been special because now i have friends, i have family and i have God. I marvel looking at what has changed and what hasn’t. I still need work on the emotional front really! You know i stammer when i am around a girl i really like? Yah most people see me as this invincible titan but truth be told i am as much human as everyone else and my vices are the most interesting.

Russell, you are 24! Can you believe it! Nah i cant Russell, its really just quite amazing. I have to thank God, my Victorious. I might seem like i am joking but i am crying as i am writing this. Thank you God for taking me from that evil place i was in and giving me peace. After all that rejection, hatred, anger you still came and saved me. Thank you God. Tribute to all my closest friends, Michelle Ngwarai, Herbert “Attonbitus” Nyakutsikwa, Samantha Jose Pontack, Sandra “Captain Caveman” Ramehwa, Tatenda Randy Mutambirwa, Peter Tsai, I have never asked for much from God. My first prayer was for me to have friends i could count on, friends who would stay with me on my death bead. I am thankful he gave me you guys. You tolerate a lot from me at times and i am thankful for your patience. Thanks for coming into my life!

Thank you to my 2 favorite bloggers Nightshade and PoeticJourney, you haven’t known me for long but you are a bundle of joy i look forward to hearing from every morning. Thanks for helping me along the way with blogging and writing. Do try to behave, we might have a guest today! Great respect to Tarisai or tsizzles as you guys call him. I met this guy a while ago and if he imparted one thing into me it is the desire to find knowledge and have the power to use it. He is a great motivator and a very sensible person. Thank you Tarisai for all those years in the courtyard and now that we are on the blogging journey, thanks for being invaluable in your advise.

A big shout out to my two siblings, Sandra Mazonde and Farai Mazonde. I am glad i got to see my sister after 10 years, i best watch what i saw because i have a growing list of things she wants to hit me for. I haven’t seen my brother Farai in 9 years now. Never take for granted having your siblings around, you will miss them when they are far away.These were the first of my friends on this planet. The ones i fought with everyday, shared good and bad times and all the other stuff in-between.

I could go on and if i didn’t mention you, don’t think i don’t cherish you in my life. I will get to you today! What is my wish you ask? Hmm, never take for granted when i say that i want to be a good dad to my children. I don’t want to set wild expectations but i want to be there when they start crawling, on the first prize at school, first bicycle ride, first sickness, first memory, first crush, first day at school, first day at high school, first denial by a girl (father well experienced here so advise is invaluable :)), first recognition in life. I want to be there for it all, i want to be there for french homework where both of us will get closed and write Russian instead of french. I want to be there for my children, i want to be there when they come into this world, to look into their little eyes, to be chocked by my wife as she delivers the baby. I want to create memories and not wait for them to happen. I want to be there when we go fishing and a crocodile swallows the car keys (how convenient, i got chased by one!). I want to be there, because i never experienced it! I want to be a good dad, i want to let my children know i would stop at nothing to see them safe and happy. Because in the beginning, i didn’t have all of that from my father!

Second wish, hmm you might be lucky! There is that special someone :). She calls me a monkey because i can be so dumb and silly at times. You might get a glimpse of her today, or maybe not. I like for her to do things at her own pace! Behave y’all if she comes! She makes me feel all tingly inside, like i am a kid again. I love how she talks, and she makes me feel. Her names is******* ha ha, lol gotcha, i ain’t snitching! The wish is for her life to go well, so she can find peace, comfort and joy because she deserves all of it. :-$. She has found me so one avenue is taken care of πŸ™‚ lol.

Third wish, I want to see all my siblings here for Christmas next year.

Fourth Wish, all my friends join me for lunch on saturday for nandos chicken, my treat

Fifth wish, i manage to publish my books by end of next year.

Sixth wish, for all of you people who have taken time to remember me in this day to know that you are the best thing that happened to me in my life. Never take it for granted because you have no idea what i was and what i am now. You are my heroes and i wish all well for you. I wish you well in all that you seek to do and pray for blessing upon your life.

Last wish, my parents find the grace of the lord!

Thank you all, let me stop because emotions are overwhelming me! Thank you all for your love. I don’t know how to repay you all for the change you brought into my life.

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16 thoughts on “24 Years of age today!

  1. Happy BIRTHDAY Russell. I’m glad you were born. Thank God for Mothers who can be there for you as an example of God’s love with Father’s are absent from the scene. I hope you enjoyed your special day. Stay Blessed bro! πŸ˜€

  2. happy bday! hope you have had a terrific day! isn’t it wonderful how God changes our lives and gives us the life we never even knew we needed or even wanted?? He knows what is best for us!

  3. I had to re-read this again and LOL at the crocodile story. He ate your keys?!!! I’m starting to see that Chicken is your favorite food no longer on just Thursdays and Fridays since you’ll be going out on Saturday to Nandos ;). I miss Chicken done right from back home! now you’ve got me hungry lol. Hope you are having an awesome day. πŸ˜€

    1. lol get on a plane and i will treat you to the chicken you want. I cant eat a lot of things, allergic to margarine and butter, fish makes me nauseous, rice gives me Irritable Bowl syndrome, beef swells my tongue as i eat tho i can eat it. So yah! That croc, first almost caught me off guard then it had to do that. geez!

      1. wow you have a lot of food restrictions. Wouldn’t mind flying back that’s for sure. I’ll have to plan a trip next year to visit my grandparents and take you up on that offer for the chicken lol. Thank God you only lost your keys and nothing else. I forget how many dangerous animals we have back home as well lol πŸ˜€

      2. please do come, it will be my treat all you can eat. Ahm maybe not, girls and chicken are a killer on the budget lol. the croc almost got my head the first time. my dad saved me there lol! it was quite funny really. Then it just had to get the keys, we are like 200 k’s from home, why mr croc why!

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