The moment I previewed the first shot from this shoot, I saw my father’s being in me. I was astonished by the resemblance. It was as though I was looking at him yet I was looking at myself. Everything about his face was imprinted onto mine. His eyes, his smile, his facial structure, his eyebrows, everything. I was engulfed with emotions of sadness and happiness at the same time.
I remembered my childhood days and how present and dedicated he was in raising us. We (My siblings and I) lost our mother in 1992 and I was about 6 years old. I can barely remember her very well, since I was very young when she passed on; so my father doubled up as our mother in order to make us feel complete. He did an amazing job in raising us. He was a very loving man, not only to his children but to his extended family as well.
Mr. Peter Rashid Abdallah Mbotty, was known for his hard work. He was a man of the people and many favored him. Though very strict in every aspect of his life, he made sure that our morals are in check and his businesses where operating successfully. His kindness, generosity and love stood out. His charming character was eminent. Those who knew him can validate my testimony.
It is almost as though I can feel his presence around me as I write this post. I wish I could see his face and talk to him even if it’s just for a minute. I miss him so much but somehow I feel like he is telling me that he is okay and in a better place.
When I was gifted this diraac by my husband, I had no clue that such emotions could be spark by a simple dress and hair-do. I was planning on blogging about how famous diraac dresses are in the Swahili and Somali community hence the simplicity of my entire look. But hey! Here I am writing something totally different yet very special to me.
It has been so long since I thought about my father, but I guess this was/is his own way of reaching out to me and affirming me that he is very much present in my life even after death. I do not know if that will make sense to you guys, but to me it does.
I love you and I miss you baba… Rest in peace… Mwaaaa
Photography by Archie May of I am Photography