I remember well the day in which I left my country: I was in the airport in the morning even if my flight was at 5 pm. I cannot wait to come back in the place in which I was happy. In love with my studies of literature that I loved more than anything, books were always my favourite comfort zone: books understand me, books give me a key to hold up a hard family that leave my soul alone most of the time; books were my best friends, that understand deeply my thoughts and my intimate desires; not all books, specially books talking about real stories and novels, fairytales. I love children books, teaching them how to learning by doing without people that said that they are always wrong.
Nine years later, I was heart-broken, with a stack of arid leaves. I had suitcase, I was desperate but determinate to be happy in another place, in another country, using another language.
I cannot allow me to fail, this time. I cannot come back in my country; there is no space for me there.
I was a stowaway. I appreciate the romantic side of my choice. After a while, I enjoyed my loneliness, the way I can decide the routine of my days: what I can eat, when I can eat, in which place I can eat. It was fine, I liked it.
I bring my mind at the time in which I used to live here, in Scotland, and I discovered again my old passions: Robbie Burns’ poems and songs, ceilidh and Africa. I wanted move there to understand better different culture, manage projects for children and teenagers, smiling everyday teaching to the others the meaningful meaning of my favourite books, that are Little Women, Pollyanna, Momo, The Little Prince. I started to buy books about these things and I am still reading them. I am still reading them because in the meanwhile I met a man who had kissed me and he asked me to live together and build a family with him. I was scared, it was totally unplanned but it was a gift from God. I had my first child, a awesome girl that we named Chikaima Maitea. Maitea means love and I will always give her a demonstration of the meaning of this wonderful love. Without any regrets, any complaints, just smile. Because I want my little girls will always smile to the life, they need to be happy.
And so, we will start this Burns day with Robbie Burns’ songs. We will enjoy the event with stranger people, but always together, me and you, Chikaima Maitea and Chimamanda Lavinia.