43: Born A Crime and the Beauty of Motherhood

The book cover

I accidentally posted this entry with just a title. Forgive me, I’ve been slacking. The world’s events have been pretty intense. I have so much to say, I wish I could bring it out in one post but it’s all confusion. My mind is in a state of sorts.

I finished this book a week ago and I loved it. Trust me it is going to get a 2nd, 3rd and 4th read sometime in this my lifetime. Add the audio book to that. I was told it’s much better than just reading the book. You can imagine how glad I am I read it. To think I wasn’t going to until I joined @atozbookclub on Twitter. A brain child of Azryah Harvey which she introduces in her AtoZBookClub blog post. You can join it too. It’s all online and the books are discussed every month. Just at C, you’re not late. It’s a nice way to keep your reading culture going. At least it’s helping me. I had taken a lazy break from finishing books before then.

Born A Crime is an interesting book. A good read to be exact. Its filled with stories of  Trevor Noah’s childhood and how he got to the adult he is now. He paints the gruesome picture of Apartheid and it’s effects in South Africa (You actually get to see it from the view of someone who was a part of it and not a part of it at the same time.) It sounded better in my head. I don’t have another way to describe it unfortunately. You have to read the book to understand what I mean. When you take the Trevor’s position and see the story through his eyes, you see it all.

What strikes me most about the book though, is his mother, Patricia Noah is a force to recon with. A resilient woman who had and raised a child in a country where his conception was a crime. Not that I want to live in such a ridiculous place, but the way she handled it is something everyone aspiring to be raise a child some day should look forward to doing. Patricia raised her son to see no limitations ahead of him.

As modestly as we lived at home, I never felt poor because our lives were so rich with experience.

A direct quote from the book. She took him places, always his guide when he needed her. They were a team. That is something I want to give my children. I want to show them that wherever they are in the world, they are not stopped by anything. That everything starts in their minds. Patricia Noah didn’t have much money but she drove Trevor to places and taught him to use his mind to get out there. Through out the book, you see him using this technique. The resources might not be with you at the time but your mind will lead you to them if you use it.

“Because,” she would say, “even if he never leaves the ghetto, he will know that the ghetto is not the world. If that is all I accomplish, I’ve done enough.”

I am not going to spell doom for them. We are currently living in a world where doom and gloom is very easy to find. On the internet, in the news, on your TV, mobile phone, everywhere! Basically, you’re a superhero when you manage to ignore it. This is what I am going to teach them. Be a hero for yourself first. I’m going off course here.Take it from me though, Trevor Noah’s mother, Patricia Noah, has a lot of lessons to teach in being a strong woman, mother and overall human being despite your weaknesses.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

– Thomas A. Edison

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