There is a wave of posts storming the web about the meaning of being a stranger away from home from a "Madagascarian" perspective. (It really should read "Malagasy" perspective but some people over here keep referring to me as Madagascarian so... :)) You will find links to all of them at the bottom of this post.
I got confused, as usual, and I posted my "2 cents" at the wrong place. Oh well.... :)
Here is my way of saying sorry and since it is still within the deadline...(right Tattum ?) :)
As luck would have it, I received some pictures by email from my dad yesterday and let me tell you, it cut real deep.
You see, I have not had the chance to meet any of these folks in the picture. They are my dad's parents and it is the first time I can put a face ( or 2 in this case) on my grandpa and grandma from my dad's side.
Grandpa was, from what I heard, a fervent patriot and wrote a song that was in the short list for national anthems. ( No, he was not a songwriter, he was a pediatrician. Probably the reason why the song was not picked:) )
Grandma gave birth to my dad while the fights of 1947 for independence were raging just outside their windows.
So although my grandparents' lives were quite intricate with the fate of Madagascar, I am now thousands of miles away from home and having problems writing a full sentence in Malagasy. :(
I am not proud of it but I am working on it and I am certainly at peace with it. Why at peace ?
Because of this picture.
You see, I can get as far away as I can from home, trying to make a living or searching for happiness or whatever it is that makes us run, I will always be only one email away from being reminded who I am and where I came from. Without these folks with the big smiles, I will literally be insignificant :) (for I would not exist).
That is what makes me part of the "Diaspora".
So if I ever start "bling-blinging" out of control like P. Diddy or "yodeling" country songs non-stop, I can go back to my flickr album and hear my grandpa tell me:
"Son, what in the world do you think you are doing ?" :)
Posts on the subject: (in case you are wondering, I just hacked Tattum and Hjk for this list...:) )
Malagasyscopie par Aiky
Malgachoscopie par Elodieriana
Malagasy kôpy par Harinjaka
Malagasy Kopia par Jentilisa
Malgachoscopie par Lilia
Malgachoscopie - Exil par Lova
Malagasyscopia par Malagasy any California
Malgachoscopie par Many
Malgachoscopie par Mia
Malgachoscopie par Nivo
Malgachoscopie - Fantatro izay fihaviako par Tomavana
Malgachoscopie par Vola
Malgachoscopie by Jogany "
More to come.....