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MAKING THE MOST OF TIME
MAKING THE MOST OF TIME

MAKING THE MOST OF TIME

I grew up in a rural countryside with my elder brother. We were the only children of your parents and they doted on us. Our parents were farmers and they made a lot of money from their work.

Sometimes, after school, we would help them out with harvesting either carrots, vegetables, yams, and so on.

And because we grew up the farm way, eating food straight from the soil was what we did and it was healthier than the processed food so we rarely fell in.

We were two vibrant children and I played a lot with my elder brother, Paul, on the vast farmland that was ours. We would even ride on our one precious horse until father would come out and tell us to let the poor horse rest.

Paul and I were inseparable both at home and in school and even though he was just one year older than I was, he would defend me in school whenever anyone would try to do something nasty to me. I love my brother so much.

He would always tell me that he wanted to travel around the world and explore other places. We had always been in our little village and schooled there too so all of our experiences were inside the village.

When we got older, I was 16 and he had turned 17 and was done with high school. He informed our parents that he didn’t want to get into college immediately. He said he has been saving up and wanted to leave the village to the city.
My mother was worried and my father disagreed totally.

“Your education is more important than any silly travel you want to make. Get into college first”.


But my brother would not hear of it. And so one day, my brother, despite all my mother’s pleas, packed his bag and left for the city.

The day he left, I had tears in my eyes and I bade him goodbye. “Come back soonest”, I told him.

A few months passed and we were still keeping in touch. Paul would call mother and they would talk and talk and mother would ask if he needed anything.

At first, father did not want to keep in touch with him until I persuaded him in the end and he also started talking on the phone with him. He would always end every call with, “Come back home and begin college”.

One night, Paul called me to tell me that he had gotten very sick. I was worried about him because normally, he wouldn’t bother telling me he was sick unless it was a very serious case. He said he would be coming back next week.

I was excited and anticipating his return. The night that he came back, he looked very pale, my mother was asking him what the problem was and my father couldn’t say anything.

He called us together and told us that he was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor had said that the cancer had been there for quite some time now and that it only started spreading fast recently.

I had never seen my father so worried because that night, he cried. My brother was admitted to the hospital and chemotherapy began.


My once healthy brother became a shadow of his former self. I was beside myself with worry. Mother almost always slept in the hospital.

Six months later, the doctor told us that Paul was going to die and that he had only two weeks to live.
The remaining two weeks were the worst of my life. Paul would tell me that the decision he had made to travel to the city was the best one ever and that he was glad he didn’t let anyone stop him.


He died two weeks later with a smile on his face and a note that said,

“Thank you Daddy, thank you Mummy and thank you Ferdinand. I traveled”.

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