“Tut, tut tut, Baby girl” Claude said as she extended her right hand out in the front of the both of them, index finger vigorously wagging as if correcting a five year old grandchild. “You really don’t know your Bible do ya?” Claude asked in disappointed amazement. All that stuff you done heard and you don’t know about good ol’ king David?” “Or, how about this, “ain’t nothin new under the sun” (When Claude became really excited or passionate about something, she couldn’t but revert back to that Louisiana southern belle charming drawl) Kendra replied “yeah I heard of it, in songs and stuff.” “I use to think my grandmamma Tonjee was cool in what not cause she would always say that when me and Myles did something really wrong.” Kendra remembered with fondness the summer of 1989, when her and Myles visited their grandmother Georgia. That’s where her mother’s parents settled after they came from America from Somalia as refugees in the 1960,s.
Kendra always thought it was rather impractical and a poor choice of timing on her grandparents part to come to America and seek refuge during that time, let alone a southern city during that time of racial upheaval and intense political change. Kendra also remember questioning her grandmamma Tonjee about why they chose Georgia and her grandma replying “kayga ilmo” (which means my child in Somali) “when the good Lord opens the door be prepared to throw your things out the window.”
Grandma Tonjee was a very colorful when it came to storytelling and metaphors. They had come to America courtesy of some missionaries from Georgia. The missionaries stayed behind to finish “God’s work” Mama Tonjee said but sent her and Papa Geeddi on to America.
Kendra recalled the feeling of also being proud and fascinated at how her grandparents managed to buy land, raise a farm and send their kids to college all on their own. Kendra also remembered when asking her grandmother about all her and Papa Geeddi’s accomplishments, all Mama Tonjee would say is “Praise be unto God.
He did it” and we trust God to do what He promised. He brought us this far and has never failed us.” Kendra thought about her grandmother ‘s saying these things with such faith and conviction in her voice.” Oh, how Kendra missed her mama Tonjee. Maybe that’s why she was so drawn to Claude.
Claude paused for a moment; being sensitive to the fact Kendra was having a moment. Claude in senesced Holy Spirit dealing with Kendra’s heart. That old saying your grandmamma would say came out of the scriptures. The Book of Ecclesiastes to be exact.” “Now back to lawbreakers and how God deals with them, especially the ones in control of government. There were corruption government and religious leaders all through the Bible.” Claude could see she had Kendra’s attention “locked, stocked and barreled.”
David didn’t just become king you know? He was a farm boy too. Talk about your “rags to riches” stories. He shed his, rags alright, but the riches didn’t just come in an instant.” “What do you mean Claude?” Kendra asked. “I thought either you are, or you aren’t.” “You know the haves and the have not’s and what not.
“Sweet dove, did you forget we’re dealing with God here and everything and anything can always change an instant.” The only thing that stays the same, lucky for us is Him and His word.” That’s why I count Him faithful and I bet your grandma Tonjee did too.” “Yeah, she did.” Kendra said with the same conviction her mama Tonjee use to have. Claude continued.
“David murder attempts by his father in-law and then king named Saul.” Saul was Bi Polar disobedient Sociopath if you ask me!” “Man that’s harsh Claude.” “I mean what did Saul do to deserve that?”
“Well little Ms. Lady, I’ll have you know not only did Saul try to kill David, he tried to kill his own son at the dinner table, after politely asking his son Jonathan where David was. Jonathan just told old Saul David went to celebrate the holidays with his family and Saul went ballistic.” Then when Saul did get a GPS on David’s local, my daughter taught me all this fancy lingo you know, Saul went to the temple where David and killed the priests. “No way!” Kendra exclaimed emphatically. “Very yes way my dear, with a you bettcha!” Claude replied joining Kendra’s enthusiasm.
“What happen next?” “Tell me everything” Kendra said eager to know. I’m only givin you the short and not so sweet version to get back to our talk about corrupt government.” You’ll have to read the whole history of David’s family drama on your own time, but I’ll tell you where to start readin, 1st and 2nd Chronicles and all the books after that.” Kendra was a bit disappointed but agreed to some reading later. Kendra was glad to know dysfunction families were not just a 21st century thing.
“Who did David marry?” Kendra asked. Claude was chomping at the bit to tell her. “A crazy girl named Michal.” You know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with this girl.” “I mean she was like oh, Daddy he’s so cute, he’s so brave (after he killed Goliath) can I marry him. You promised your daughter’s hand in marriage… oh daddy please, please, please. Saul was all eager to oblige thinking that Michal gal would be a trap to David later on. Michal was better than that, she was a bitter wife.
“Think about it honey.” Claude raises her hand to glide across the air as is setting the stage to give a visual recount of these ancient events. “Honeymoon stage Michal’s hidden David from Saul and tells him to go away and hide.” Next phase of marital bliss, Saul gives Michal to another man, David comes back from being on the run from Saul. After Saul’s death, he tries reestablishing peace in the land and Michal’s all like “where have you been and don’t you know it’s shameful for a king to dance like that?”
Poor David was so happy to be back home and bring the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ with him that he danced and praised God so hard, that all his clothes came off! “Now tell me can do you young people know how to get “crunk” like that? Kendra was laughed and was so tickled pink that this 60 plus year old grandma knew the street slang and actually used it appropriately.
“Michal sure sounded ungrateful.” Didn’t she understand her father was trying to kill her man.” “I mean come on here, she’s being like so unreasonable.” “And them some honey.” Claude added on.
“And you marital trouble can always lead to other sorts of trouble, if you know what I mean…” The old lady gave Kendra a mischievous kind of wink.