“So this is where you study to be an engineer. When you grow up this is where you study to be an engineer” said Mr. Science camp mentor. “What’s an Engina?” said the cutest voice in response. At this point I had to turn to find the duo as they made a turn through the hallway. “An engineer is someone who builds bridges, cars…”. I couldn’t make out the rest of the conversation as they receded in the distance. That was such a beautiful moment I was so grateful to be an audience of. Many years from that day this young chap might actually be an engineer but there was a day he only found what the word ‘engineer’ meant.

I had a similar moment in my pre-teens probably 8 or 9, I cannot come up with the exact scenario but I clearly remember processing the thoughts of how the word ‘appreciation’ could mean something else other than being grateful. I must have heard it from the news perhaps in the form “….the price of gasoline has greatly appreciated…” or something of the sort. Of course my thought was how does the price gasoline appreciate? appreciating who or what? And then I realized that it must mean to increase.  I started thinking in a sense of how that when we show appreciation we are actually elevated, increased or even better, adding value. That was a learning moment for me and has stayed with me ever since. That was perhaps the beginning of understanding the concept of word play for me as a soon-to-be poet.

Expressing gratitude elevates and adds value. You don’t have to have had something or someone missing before you are deliberate in appreciating that thing or person. Showing appreciation or expressing gratitude is really choosing to see the value in whatever it is. It might interest you to know that a way of saying thanks is ‘Grace’ in french(obviously pronounced as ‘grass’ with the characteristic back-throated rrrr of the french language); again in the spirit of word play, grace means to be elevated and lifted. Expressing gratitude and appreciation to people and things around you is one way to live a life of ease and favour. Learn to be delibrate in showing appreciation to others from the ‘*okada man’ who gave you a ride, to the bus driver, the Professor that give you a lecture or just the gift of life.

If  the word ‘Thank you’ is not far from your lips, ever-increasing grace will be  right at your finger tips

To our upcoming engineer I hope he would be grateful one day that someone introduced to him in his tiny tot age, what an engineer is…setting his dreams ablaze so young.

The early years of our lives are so sensitive yet admirable when viewed in retrospect. On tomorrow’s post I’d be sharing on an interesting event that has set me on course.

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*’Okada man’ – a common way of referring to one who rides a motorcycle to transport others i.e public transport, in Nigeria