The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I Interviewed Sandra and this story tells about the time when she went back to Nigeria for the funeral of her uncle. She expresses how torn both sides of her family were during this time and how Moses’ death was the moment where the relationship had finally changed. This story portrays the happiest moment she’s had with her family.

Sandra is a 6 foot skinny African Female with jet black curly hair whose parents, Femi and Esther are from Ekiti and Qwara, Nigeria. The entire family travels back to Ekiti in 2009 for the funeral of Femi’s brother, Moses. Both families dress in their traditional garments consisting mostly of different shades of red, yellow, and orange. These vibrant colors didn’t match the hostility and pain that surrounds
each and every one of her family members in the room. She couldn’t understand how both sides were still viciously clawing at each other’s neck. Negativity seems to linger like a foul odor throughout this family gathering. The casket is carved out of the tall dirt brown tree bark near the cemetery. The wood was skinned, smoothed, and oiled to give it that shiny, sophisticated look that was well deserved for a well accomplished man like Moses. The entire burial process lasts an entire day. Her and her family pray over the body from sunrise until sunset; this includes different bible versus being read, praying his sins were forgiven, as well as praying for themselves and their family. After sunset, they bless the corpse from head to toe with a sacred chrism that smells of sadness but also bittersweet happiness. This smell forges something almost magical that she has never seen amongst both sides of her family before… Unity. Tears were flowing rapidly from everyone’s eyes like a broken sprinkler. All the outrageous cries of “MOSES WAS TOO YOUNG TO BE TAKEN FROM US”, “GOD PLEASE TAKE ME AND NOT HIM”, coupled with her having to watch everyone sprint to the grave wanting to exchange Moses’s dead corpse with their own. After everyone finishes their proclamation to the Lord, their tear ducts were barren dry, and peace begins to cement itself in the minds and heart of everyone. Each person had their own vibrant color radiating off of them as they seemed to be pensive of what Moses life consisted off. At this moment, Sandra realizes her family’s bond was beginning to transform just like butterfly when it exits its cocoon. She was able to walk away from this day and see the beauty of family bonding for the first time in her life.

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I Interviewed Sandra and this story tells about the time when she went back to Nigeria for the funeral of her uncle. She expresses how torn both sides of her family were during this time and how Moses’ death was the moment where the relationship had finally changed. This story portrays the happiest moment she’s had with her family.

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Recorded by Ahmael Alexander on December 5, 2018
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