My EMM (Enigste Mooiste Meisiekind)
You are now officially educated.
Your certification is in your degree.
You may think of it as the ticket to a better life – success – wealth – maybe even fame and fortune…
Let me ask you to consider the alternative, my EMM.
Think of it as your ticket to change the future…
One person at a time.
I look back often with appreciation to the brilliant teachers in my life, but especially with gratitude to those who touched my heart in more ways than mere intellectual education.
The one who taught me that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
The one who taught from the heart and not from a book.
The one who taught me to get along with people.
The one who gave me something to take home to think about besides homework.
The one who taught me never to stop questioning.
The one who told me to remember that neither success nor failure are ever final.
The one who showed me that the stars are within me. That I needn’t reach high, but deep.
Since I can remember you had always wanted to be a teacher.
And since then I have always seen in you all the great teachers I was blessed with in life.
I always knew that you were born to be one.
How could I not?
For you, from the moment you walked into my life, have taught me
patiently, tirelessly and confidently
to never let go of a dream
to find within myself what I had believed to be beyond my reach
to still chase after rainbows
to never give up
and most of all:
that it doesn’t take skill or talent or qualification to be your mother;
that enough love
would always be enough.
God het ‘n Meisiekind gemaak – ‘n dierbare een!
Hy het haar ‘n glimlag van sonskyn gegee en ‘n hart van goud.
In haar oë het Hy sterre geplaas en rose oor haar wange gevee.
En haar toe vir die wêreld gegee…
en die wêreld weet dalk nie aldag hoe om haar te waardeer nie.
Maar ek weet.
Ek weet beslis!
Dank God, ek weet!