A Parent’s Ultimate Sacrifice, by Sarah Chebet
As the mother of two young boys, I can say without hesitation that I’d give my life to save theirs.
I can’t claim bragging rights for this pledge, though it is clearly brave and selfless. Parents, whether human or in the animal kingdom, are wired to protect their young. Across cultures and creeds, races and generations, our youth, their innocence and untapped potential, has more value than our own. The love, hope, and sense of duty parents feel for their children is why we have life and why the cycle continues.
We see our children suffer and want to kiss away their tears. We long to right them and pray, If only I could take their pain. Conscious thought is not required, our instinct for survival dissolves. Suddenly, the greatest sacrifice becomes the easiest decision.
Do you know of a parent who has given her life for one of her children? Sarah Chebet of Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya has a new heart to sustain her and a story to tell.
“I was given the heart of my father and he died. Nobody believed that he would do such a thing for one child when [my parents] already had four. But he chose to save my life…out of love.”
We dedicate Sarah’s writing to Mr. Robert Harms for his recent donation to our schools. Here is her full essay, which earned Second Place in Lenana’s Fifth Annual Writing Competition hosted by Lift the Lid:
Sarah, you have shared a beautiful story from your life. One, I’m sure, is not easy to tell. Thank you for taking on the mix of emotions you must life with: missing your father, feeling responsible for his absence, even though it was his decision and you did not choose to be ill. Foremost, as you explain in your essay, is the magnificent love you feel from your father and give to others. Love never-ending.
You are strong in mind, body, and spirit. It shows in your writing. I know you will rise to the challenges you face and one day have the opportunity to share your achievements with the world. Keep going, like your father’s heart that beats within you, and know that we stand with you in faith and love.
Sarah, what a beautiful story. Your writing is authentic, personal, and filled with what this is all about: love. Thank you for your strength and courage in sharing the story of your father’s extraordinary love and how he will always be with in you, in body and in spirit. I am excited to hear about all of the great things you will accomplish in your life. Keep dreaming and believing.
Robbie, thank you for encouraging Sarah. I will share your message with her. She has completed her secondary education and I am praying for her next step as she begin another journey. We start seeking for support to enable her continue with education.