Happy birthday!

Randall Maarman
Posted January 10, 2022 from South Africa

Happy birthday

I celebrate my 39th birthday today. Not only my birthday but the one who gave birth to me. She would have been 55 this year. She was 16 years old when she gave birth to me and 10 years later in 1993, she passed on. This was a defining moment in my life. I have thousands of thousands of thoughts and memories and only one picture. My baby sister gave me her ID book with her passport photo in it. I carried this picture of my mom for years in my bag. This is the only tangible item of value I have of my mom. Happy birthday is not only to me but to her…. happy birthday. Your memories will live on and on in our hearts.

My friend Jason Jaffray heard my story and turned a simple ID picture worth so much to me and my family into something I can not explain…. “Thank you so much for the painting I cannot describe how feel but having and seeing the picture of my mother is just so emotional. My heart aches” my sister Beverly said. It is not a sad story at all. We remember!

To Jason, your gift is so remarkable, it gave a new meaning to our family history. I call your name Katie Maarman-Michaels….

I call your Boeta Freddie

I call your name: aunt Judy,

I call your name aunty Martha,

I call your name aunt Catherine M,

I call your name Abraham,

I call your name Angelo,

I call your name Henry,

I call your name Nene Catherine H,

I call your name aunt Caroline,

I call your name uncle Eldit,

I call your name Boeta Quinton,

I call your name Chris,

I call your name uncle Jonas,

I call your name aunt Rosie,

I call your name Ineke,

I call your names and many more for covering and protecting me over the years. This was the family and the community at work….for me…it did take a village to raise a child.

Happy birthday!

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Tamarack Verrall
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Randall,
Happy birthday! What a beautiful birthday celebration with this honouring and of your mother and the village of people who are your loving family. And what a beautiful age, 39, the last year of a decade in which you have been soaring into your full self. Your wisdom and deeply loving heart shine through. This painting of your mother is such a work of art. I love seeing the photo of you as such a young boy, together with your current World Pulse photo. May this year continue to bring you all you hope for.

Randall Maarman
Jan 12
Jan 12

Dear Tamarack,
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my post. It is dearly appreciated and very encouraging. My search for identity and belonging started at a early age loosing my mom, as you can imagine. I am mostly grateful and hopeful for the future. I remember, praying as a young man, to grow as quick as a possibly could. The universe had a way of putting people around me. Now I am almost 40 years in age...and I remember...what really matters...I still have a long way to go and much to learn.

It is words, like yours, of wisdom and encouragement that keep a young father like me going. So thank you Tamarack.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 12
Jan 12

"The universe had a way of putting people around me". Your beauty shines through. It gives me hope to meet a man as gentle, loving and wise as you are. We are all lucky to have found World Pulse and each other.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 12
Jan 12

Dear Randall,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Randall!!!! And many more! Today is the anniversary of when the incredible stare of four eyes became a flame at first glance, and a first contact on earth, an instant bond happened between you and your mother. Cherish the very thought of it forever. You are a son that carries her legacy and her pride. And you wear it well because you shine bright. Commune with your mother's spirit, as she is your greatest asset and protection in times of difficulty and uncertainty. Bravo...39 years! Once again, happy birthday! Make a joyful noise!
Hugs...JoMarie

Ana Lozano
Jan 13
Jan 13

Happy birthday, Randall! What a beautiful tribute to your mother and the family and community that raised you, and walked the path alongside you to provide protection, solid ground, and the tools for you to build a sense of identity. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Matilda Moyo
Jan 14
Jan 14

What a remarkable and beautiful story.

Happy birthday!

And your friend created an amazing work of art.

Thank you for sharing.

Grace Iliya
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Randall,
Happy birthday. What a say to celebrate your late mum. I am sure you would have been super proud of you. Wishing you all the best life has to offer.