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Unlearnt Lessons. Critical News, 15th February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my cousin on Friday. Sissy died in the early hours of Friday, ravaged by diabetes and her sense of no-life.

I come from a family of five boys, my female cousins were the closest to sisters that I knew as we grew up over the years, life molding us, taking us further yet closer with every passing age and circumstance. We married, had children, educated some and agonized over most, whose fate turned left when the signposts read ahead and north.

She fought diabetes for ten years, a hard unflinching fight trundling from one hospital to the next herbal center, hoping for the miracle cure to end the mental agony of an inevitable end, an end which when it came was her own choice for death as she shut her mental will to the fight of life.

A few weeks ago as she lay in hospital, her messages to me delivered by more than a handful of family, flew past my busy schedule, me promising and never visiting.

Thursday she was discharged and once again I made the fatal decision to postpone seeing her until over the weekend. I thought she was out of danger; and for another time in my life I made the critical mistake of not listening to the small voice that guides me; rather, running my life around work and trivia.

Sissy looked after me as a boy, caring for us when parents traveled and nurturing us like a true mother and her nest of unruly cockles, a daily routine that challenged the most patient adult. And even as I grew up, she was always there for me and so too did I think I would be always there for her.

So I have not learnt any lessons at this level. I have regrets, regrets born out of thinking that my world is too important to be interrupted by life’s foibles and that the greater patriot rides paramount over the person and the heave of life’s past love.

May you rest in peace Sissy, one day, maybe one day, I will have learnt this lesson of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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