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A Letter To Kendra From M'Buti (Letter #2)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, June 16, 2004

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M'Buti Sormiento writes her second letter to Louisiana Sandusky's friend in Soulsbysville, California.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004~

Dearest Kendra:

Hello! Or, as they say in my language, Jambo! Habari Gani? M'zuri sana, asante sana! (This means "Hello! How are you? I am fine!" in Swahili, the language of my former home in Africa, Kenya.)

This is M'buti Sormiento again. Thank you so much for your very sweet letter! I appreciated the words of encouragement and love that poured from your pen; and it really touched me. Thank you for the nice things you said about me!

I was aggrieved to learn of your having spina bifida and that you used to get bad headaches with it. But I AM glad to know that you had surgery, and that you are now doing well with your health. Sure wish I was: this fainting business and all the problems with my low blood pressure, and also the fibromyalgia and my being windy and needing oxygen is getting old; and I wish I were not so self-conscious of how I look to others! I hate feeling so upset whenever people look at me or say "things"; I wish I could just blow it off, but the truth is, I can't! Please pray for me; I really could use it now!

I know some people with spina bifida; in fact, one of Louisiana's daughters, Deborah, has it; and she is in a wheelchair, but she seems to be doing quite well for herself. I also know other people with it; in fact, one of the ladies at the newspaper place has it. She walks on crutches, and she is quite speedy-fast on them; she really gets around quite well! But until I came to America, I never heard of spina bifida, but now that I know several people with it, I am learning more and more about it.

I am happy to learn that two of your daughters, Mia and Anna Grace, were adopted from Africa. Maybe we can meet face to face, and I can teach the girls Swahili if they don't know it, or teach them how to make ugali or steak and uriio. I make a mean ugali and steak and uriio, and my husband, Roberto, and my oldest son, Jubaki, just LOVE it! They can't seem to get enough of the stuff, it seems! LOL

I am also happy to learn that you are a Christian. I am too; I just accepted Jesus last year, and He has gotten me through many bad times in my life. Maybe that is why I am still here! LOL My husband is Catholic, but he goes to a carasmatic (I think I spelt that wrong!) Catholic church, where they believe in Salvation and laying on of hands and the power of the Holy Spirit; yet it is Catholic in other ways. I go with him to church sometimes, but I wish I could go to Louisiana's church, Christ Community Assembly of God; I feel more at home there. (The name of the church that my husband goes to is St. John's Charasmatic Catholic Church.) But they don't really believe in prophecizing or speaking in Tongues.) Do you go to church, Kendra? If so, what church do you go to?

Do you have any pets? We do; we have a beagle dog named "Rodriguez" that has been my husband's, and we used to have several cheetah cats, but I was worried about them going after the babies when they were little, so my husband and his friend gave them to the local zoo, and I miss them very much. We used to have another cheetah cat, but she got sick and died, and to think of her dying still makes me very sad today. I miss "Sayidana" with all my heart, and I guess I always will. (My other cheetah cats were named "Afiya", "Tanzania", "Kenya", "Sambeke", and "Safiya". "Sambeke" was "Sayidana's" mate; and the othere were their cubs. We had a total of six cheetah cats.) The reason we had cheetah cats was because my husband had a license to keep exotic cats, and he also had a friend, Ron, who is a veterinarian, who helped him with the cheetahs, and they decided that it would be best if the other cheetahs went to the local zoo after "Sayidana" got sick and died. So this is where they are now, and I am sure they are much happier there. Sometimes we go visit "our cheetahs" when we go to the Nashville Zoo, and they are always happy to see Roberto and the kids, but they seem mad at me whenever they see me: they stomp, hiss, and spit whenever they see me, and it makes me sad because I can remember playing with them or hearing them purr, and now they act all mean and snipy at me.

My husband also used to have some lions and tigers, but like the cheetah cats, the lions and tigers went to the zoo; and they are there, too. We had four lions (two adults, one female and a male, and two cubs), and three tigers (two orange ones and a white one), but Roberto said that they got to be too wild and too dangerous, so he gave them to the zoo. (He still has the scratch marks on his arms and legs from when the lions and tigers got him; it's a miracle he even survived, now that I think of it!)

But all that crazy wildness is out of his system, and he has since came to his senses; and now we only have our beagle, which makes a much better pet, if you ask me. "Rodriguez" is brown and white, with brown eyes, and he is so cute and friendly! I am glad we have him instead of the cats, but I still do miss the cheetahs! Especially "Sayidana"; she was a sweetheart!

Well, Kendra, thank you for writing; it was good to hear from you! I will be more than happy to be your friend; I really don't have that many friends myself, and the only time I ever get out of the house is on the days I work (20 hours a week, five days a week, for four hours each time), or if I go to my doctor appointments. It seems that all I ever do is go to work or go to doctors! Or feel sick half the time; it's a wonder I don't rattle, seeing I take so many pills! LOL I also go to physical torture--THERAPY!--several times a week at hospital, and it is helping me. I also go to mental counseling on the days I have therapy; so I am busy. Add to that, raising four kids and an active dog! I am so busy it's a wonder I have any sanity left! LOL So if I don't write much, now you know why! But I WILL write when and IF I get some spare time; and today was one of those times, so I decided to write you after I got your letter.

Until the next time I hear from you, Kendra, thank you for listening to me. I do hope you don't find my words boring; I don't really have an exciting life, and I don't have the world's best self-esteem! So any prayers are appreciated, and I ask that you keep me lifted up in prayer. I really could use some Divine Intervention at times, especially when it comes to my health!

God bless you, Kendra, and give Sarah, Sally, Keisha, Mia, Mariah, Mary, Francine, Linda, Anna Grace, Kim, Kelly, and Wendy (((HUGS))) and XXX's from me! Have a good day, and Kwaheri!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your new friend in Tennessee by way of Kenya, Africa, M'buti Ayala Moore-Sormiento.

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/16/2004
I love this piece...
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/16/2004

a charming addition to the kendra series...i love m'buti's use of words (getting windy instead of winded)...that add's to the delight of reading this--thank you, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

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