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Published on: March 07, 2023 | Category: Creative writing | Author: Glow_forChrist🌹 | Likes: 0| Views: 187

Finally, you gained admission to the university after 3 years of waiting. After 3 years of asking "God when?" "Why me?" 


"When God says it's time, nobody can stop it." Your loving mom will always say. 


On the 8th of February, 2021, you got a surprising letter of admission in your email. 

You were so excited as you jumped for joy, shedding a tear, with constant repetition of "Thank you, Jesus." You just couldn't believe your eyes. 


Mom started hustling to get money to buy your school stuff. Dad doubled his hustle. Life was pretty hard for you guys, but "My child must go to school." Your lovely parents would say.


3-square became 1-0-1, 0-1-1, 0-0-1. And it keeps shuffling. 

Dad's BP became really high due to stress. Mom became a watchman at midnight consulting God in heaven for  financial breakthrough. 

Your siblings' school fees were suspended, just so your funding could be taken care of.


Finally, you're ready for school. You're excited and sad at the same time. 

Your siblings wore moody faces as they watch you leave. Your crying mom says "be strong, my dear." Even when she's the one crying. After giving you an epistle of advice, you're set to leave. The whole family escorted you to the bus-stop to get a taxi that will convey you to the park. 

Your baby sis couldn't even look at your face, she keeps sobbing. You start crying too.🥺

Should you change your mind? Naaa… You gotta go. 

The taxi finally came, you struggled in with your heavy load like someone about spending 30 years in the wilderness. Well, that's because you're a fresher. No worries.

Your mom and siblings kept waving till you're out of sight.

You sighed and looked at your dad beside you. 


"Dad, you know I'm not a baby, I can go to the park myself."


"Mm-hmm… You're not a baby, but you're MY baby." he said, smiling. 


You got to the PEACE MASS park going to the eastern states where your school is located. You hugged your dad so tight and don't wanna let go. You start crying again. Other students in the park kept "awning" and you made friends. You feel good now, huh…

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On your journey to school, you got along with other returning students on the bus, talking and jesting and laughing. They began telling you about "school life." You were super excited. Thankfully, you took your mp3 device with you. 

You played the very popular "pray for me" by Darey. Everyone could relate to the song and y'all sang along from your hearts. 


Kept enjoying the moment when all of a sudden, some gunmen attacked your bus. 

Brutally, butchered the driver. 

You watched as the head of the person you say next to was cut off. 


And before you knew it, you were next. And the rest. 


It was on the news in no time.

Breaking news: UNKNOWN GUNMEN ATTACKED UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL. 


You didn't survive it.


Sigh. 


All in the quest for power.

#endbrutality

glowforChrist🌹

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The Three-stroke Traditional Chinese Character Meaning Capability

Published on: February 28, 2023 | Category: Creative writing | Author: mm8787v5 | Likes: 0| Views: 178

I am going to walk you through how to write the three-stroke traditional Chinese character, 才, which means ‘capability” as a noun and “just” if used as an adverb.

We have gone through the simple two-stroke Traditional Chinese character, number ten, 十 before. The first two strokes of 才actually look very familiar.

First stroke

Start with writing the horizontal stroke. Apply the left to right writing rule nicely and you are done.

Remember the Chinese writing rules? It has to be written from left to right.

Writing Traditional Chinese character meaning capability
Frist stroke of Traditional Chinese character meaning capability

Second stroke

The second stroke is similar to the vertical stroke — apply the top to bottom writing rule. Start writing / drawing the vertical line from top all the way to the bottom. But do not stop. Instead, go towards the left and go up a little bit so it ends up like a small hook. So here is a new type of stroke, which is essentially a variation of the basic vertical stroke.

Writing Traditional Chinese character meaning capability
Second stroke of Traditional Chinese character meaning capability

It looks like a number ten, 十 with a small hook now.

Third stroke

The next and final stroke is a falling leftwards stroke. The stroke starts from the top and falls leftwards until it reaches the bottom to end.

Writing Traditional Chinese character meaning capability
Third and last stroke of Traditional Chinese character meaning capability

It is done now and we have the Traditional Chinese character, 才.

We will look at another simple and useful one next time. Thanks for reading.

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OLD SELF

Published on: February 25, 2023 | Category: Poetry | Author: Damilola Deborah | Likes: 0| Views: 203

As we grow, we outgrow some part of ourselves dear to us

       For me, I've outgrown the way my heart beat for nature


I miss every part of my old self.

The self that sees all shades of beauty embroidered in each day,

The self that feels a sizzling spark at the sighting of the sky, either white, blue, grey or black,

The self in love with the moon, sun and stars,

The self who wouldn't go a day without taking a photograph of radiance.


Who would have thought growing up would mean failing at things I know how to do well.

And when I try to go again it feels so strange like I'm pushing too hard to be someone that wasn't at once me.

Where did it go all go wrong?Where is the beauty my eyes do see?


It's the truth I've outgrown the part of myself so dear to me,

But I'm unwilling to let go...

So unwilling

And I guess I'll continue to be.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Published on: February 25, 2023 | Category: Poetry | Author: Damilola Deborah | Likes: 0| Views: 254

If you can't always be here, don't bother coming at all. 

You remind me of how birds never remain here or there.

Afar from them is the best endearing view,

An attempt to take a step or two closer, they are way up in the air.


Isn't this how it is in your cases–Just when I let myself slip completely into the lifting treat of your presence, you leave.

It's true the words they say, "birds of a feather flock together".

Tell me, then, the essence of a  short-lived stay

Tell me, then, why you have to bother coming at all when you can't always remain


I've become like a withered plant in the act of saying goodbyes

And I fear saying it again might leave my mind completely dried.


   



 

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A Simple Traditional Chinese character – the number three

Published on: February 21, 2023 | Category: Creative writing | Author: mm8787v5 | Likes: 0| Views: 270

Last time we went through a simple Traditional Chinese character, .

We are going to talk about another simple one, , which means the number three.

How to write?

You have learnt the first type of stroke in the previous article, the simplest Chinese character, it becomes very handy. 

The Traditional Chinese character number three contains three strokes of the same style.  Two shorter stroke on top of a longer one at the bottom.  Essentially, it is one more stroke on top of the Traditional Chinese character number two. 

The same Chinese writing rule applies, writing from the top to bottom. 

So, the first step of writing a number three is to write a short stroke. 

 Then another short one below it as the second stroke. 

 Lastly, a longer one below them.  Here we go.  This is the number three.

I will talk about another simple Traditional Chinese character next time.  Stay tuned.


 

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