By Darius Tucker
This won’t be the last time you see Bandia
You really do care
There is always next year
You knew this would happen, right?
You will see him soon enough
It is okay
Remember this moment
Let it sink in
Let it go
Don’t let this set you back
We learn and move on
These are all the things said to me after I left the village and my friend Bandia. It’s true that time is the best remedy for pain, but I know that this one will never fully go away. I don’t know if it was the naivety that I thought this day would never come—that we will have to go our own ways—or it was the fact I truly believe that I had a chance to stay for life.
But in that moment when I realized that it was over, the things I looked forward to seeing everyday, a smile from Bandia, a laugh, a hug at night were gone just like that. In that one moment as we slowly pulled off I felt like I was being torn away from what I learned to love. I couldn’t believe it was gone because it was a sound I have heard my whole life: an engine. In my mind it meant this was over, but there’s always time to come back. But, the truth was, there wasn’t. My time with the people with hearts as pure as gold was over. And to all the things that were said to me after we left the village, one comment stuck with me that wasn’t in words. It was from the soul. Sira pointed at her heart, then at mine, then at mine, then back at hers again. And that is what the whole trip was: an unspoken connection. That was stronger than any other words.
5 thoughts on “Bandia”
Where Love is we can meet, and were Love is we can never part. Powerful life stuff Darius.
You had me in tears ! What a precious friendship you will never ever forget.
Those words make you think how little time we have on this planet. Darius God is Blessing you walk in your Blessings.
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Oh, to know and feel that where love is we can meet, and where love is, we can never part…….
You’ve got one of those hearts of gold my man. No doubt about that