I can’t believe my eyes that you worked this much hard for me to find only a son by far below his father. I remember this merely day when you were fighting with the hostile stony land to make ends meet while I was carelessly taking the shot.
Most of the world may not know that your oxen had names and you were perfectly communicating with them without a single misunderstanding. I used to post this photo of you in my dormitory on a visible wall high above my bed all the years I was in college, with a caption read “እንዲህ ለፍተህ ያስተማርከኝ አባቴ ሆይ፣ ውለታህ ምን ይሆን?” meaning “Ohhh Dad, what would your reward be for such miraculous sacrifice for me to go to school”. It was an ultimate inspiration for me to see it all the time. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege.
I’m posting it now on facebook due to a frequent request from many, the then, students (many of whom my classmates or dorm-mates) who saw it on my wall some 12 – 15 years ago. It’s a headache and makes me feel stupid about, to see you practicing the same way of life and even heartbreaking to know you do it with the same stuff and materials.
Knowing the fact that your love never changes, no matter how terribly I failed to make you happy, even hurts more. I love you dad, and I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You are the best thing in my life.