a smile on my face

Shortly after this brief, but honey sweet meeting, I ran to Wycliffe’s house to tell him the news. As I barged into his home, I realized he was in the midst of making porridge. I knew this because he held a match in his hand, ready to strike and light his charcoal stove. When I told him that we would both be going to Canada, he dropped the box of matches and his cooking pot, and started to jump around like a man who had gone mad. I stood back and watched, with a smile on my face, as my best friend lost his mind. After a few minutes, once he found it again, he said very casually that “Gabriel, the news is good.” Wycliffe, always such a funny guy, using such a simple expression to convey the absolute transformation of our lives and everything as we once had known it.

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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