Free As A Bird
"nane elbejou mat alah yarhama "
The e-mail read. I went numb with my feelings, did not have this feeling since my father had past away. Yes, I know death inescapable, every soul must taste it.
Two Weeks later, after Salat alFajr, I could not stop thinking about Nanny, opened up an old cardboard box full of old photos,the year was 1979 to be exact and the summer of 1980 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I had known Nanny all of my life, he was my relative also. In the summer of 1980 Nanny was so happy loading his car with every thing he had and finally was going to move to the real America, Portland Oregon, and leave Mississippi behind.
Muhye Aldeen Assaf Albejou was known to many as ( Nanny or nuny,نني). I had never met a man as kind with his smile, always caring, friendly to everybody, quite and smiling always, and all loved him, I remember even my mother used to smile so big when she hears Nanny's name.
Nanny was known throughout Benghazi for his love of motorcycles and his great control of them, his name was definitely synonymous with the bike seen in Benghazi during the seventies.
In Tripoli, late August 1979, I had stopped to admire a parked Honda 750 motorcycle, much to my surprise when it's owner realized I was from Benghazi, walked up to me and asked me if I know a great motorcycle rider by the name of Nanny?
May Allah accepts your soul in Fardous ya Muhye Aldeen.
1979 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
That's how I'll always remember you my brother Nanny, Free as a bird.