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Published:February 25th, 2010 21:06 EST
The Creekside Princess

5 Breaking Traditions (The Creekside Princess)

By Juliet Maruru

The Other Opinion

Sometimes, when we are caught up in the midst of a volatile emotion, we need someone on the outside to look in and tell us the truth.

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That is why we need family, people who love us and are not afraid to tell us the truth. I quote, not certain from whom:Friends are family you chose for yourself.

It is so easy to fall into a life where you have no one at all to be `the other opinion`. Caught up in following your dreams and aspirations that you shut out everyone who loves you, cares for and is able and willing to be that support system you need, that other opinion.

Listen to Maya Angelou`s Poem:

Alone by Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don`t believe I`m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
There are some millionaires
With money they can`t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They`ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Now if you listen closely
I`ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
`Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.


A word of caution, in the form of a question. Who, just who is your other opinion? Is it someone who truly cares for you, or someone who just wants to take something for you? As you try to figure out your answers, let`s have a look into Gabrielle`s life, and her other opinion.


5. Breaking Traditions

I just loved her. Not quite as my sister, but not as I would love any other girl. We always had this bond. Even when she started hanging out with those wazungus from North Creek Road. We still had an irreplaceable bond. At the end of the day, I am the one she would come to, to talk about her dreams, her fears, her hopes, those hopes that were always so high I worried that she would reach them and find disillusionment.

The reason she took up with Nicholas Ferreira had very little to do with his family`s money. She was always one to pick dangerous damaged things to love. Like that dog she brought to her mother`s flat. It had wounds, a broken leg and I worried that it might have rabies. And that is exactly why she took care of it. If no one else would love it, she... Read the rest of the story.


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Last but not least, please read Juliet Maruru`s chat with Merrilee Faber about Kenyan writing, Storymoja and The Princess Project at http://tinyurl.com/yzx3up8