Dear Chibinda,

It’s six months and four days from today. Am seated across a table from your aunty Ethel. I had arranged the dinner so we could discuss business. As we sipped on our drinks and waited for the meals to be served, she mentioned something about the paradox of success from a book she was reading at the time. This too you should burn across your heart:

Munsaka Effraim

When I wake up every morning knowing how blessed I am to be alive in this moment, I think about this statement and ask myself one question! You know where to find me…

The future i/f everyone.

Regards,

Your dad.

80.1

You have changed!

Am not sure what you mean?

A few years back there was alot of ‘I’ in your statements.

And now?

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There is a sense of ‘we’!

Eh! So?

I don’t know. You tell me?

80.2

Oddala, you think too much!

Isn’t a girl supposed to change her mind?

(Shrugges)

Okay, I met him at a congress in Russia 2 years ago.

Dear Chibinda,

This letter is close to my heart, and am not discounting any of what I have already told you! I remember on your 3rd birthday going with your mother to get you a present. After my insistance on a pair of sneakers she asked me, “Are you sure you’re buying these because of the way they would look on your son or yourself?” That’s how today’s letter feels, like the advice I still need to give myself!

Munsaka Effraim

I hold myself accountable to this as well! Until next time…

“The future i/f everyone”

Regards,

Your Dad

83.1

It was something about the way you looked at me!

One time you were taking a call from the hospital, and as you calmly instructed the person on the other end, your eyes were still on me!

I felt special and wanted. I felt so important. I felt like…

Dear Chibinda,

It does feel like a long time from the last letter I wrote you! There has been enough work on my plate lately, but you can be assured of my commitment towards this project. This one is based on a recurring theme on my mind, and something shared by my boss a few months ago! Seth Godin in his book “Linchpin” describes this even better:

There is a lot to be discussed in this regard, and I will reserve them for our next bicycle ride to the bridge!

“The future i/f Everyone!”

Regards,

Your Dad

Dear Chibinda,

Writing this letter takes me back to the days after graduating high school. Looking for work, and at the same time applying to versities! Your grandma once told me, after a job interview that didn’t go well, “my son, you’ll never struggle with what is truly yours!” I have carried this with me, pondered over it in all the challenges I had to overcome! This is my truth now, when am in a tough spot:

It’s a mouthful I know, but you know where to find me.

The future i/f everyone

Regards,

Your Dad

Dear Chibinda,

My hope is that this letter finds you in good health. I am writing this one from a town called Outapi, in the northern part of Namibia. It was a hard days work, and I loved being of service to the community! I digress…this is for you!

In your adventures of self discovery and curving out your path, you will make mistakes! This is an inevitable part of your journey, embrace it! However, what I have found important and life changing for me is this:

Effraim Munsaka

There are various techniques you can use to do, remind me to demonstrate them to you the next time we’re out on a drive.

“The Future i/f Everyone”

Best regards,

Your Dad

Dear Chibinda,

I had a chat with Auntie Chipo a few days ago, and I must admit there was a lot we shared that will remain my daily anchors for a while to come!

Two gems she shared (paraphrased) that a dad would love his son to carry with him throughout his adventures:

There is a gist to this, but you’re smart enough to figure it out on your own!

Effraim Munsaka

“The Future i/f Everyone”

Best regards,

Your Dad

78.1

That dress was made in heaven!

Then I must be looking like an angel!

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That dress was made in heaven!

Then I must be looking like an angel!

I would probably wish they took a vote on that before I make any comments!

Explain yourself?

Coffee after this nannying…

72.1

Welcome sir! I would like you to come over there.

There?….Thank you!

You seem tense! First time?

Not really…

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I don’t get it!

Can’t just seem to get the hang of it!!

72.2

Look up this way!

Your niceness is hereby requested!

We’ll see about that very soon…

I…

Munsaka Effraim

Human

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