It was in 1988,
I was in Primary 4,
Being one of her best student in Class then.
She saw a gap of weakness in me,
She made up her mind to strengthen it,
She made up her mind to step into it.
She noticed that,
In spite my brilliance in her class,
My handwriting falls short of expectation.
As a good mother,
As a professional teacher,
She called my attention to it,
She arranged for how I will get better.
Sincerely and truthfully,
She took me back to the basic,
Even in Primary 4,
She started all over again,
Teaching and tutoring on,
The best way to write each of the alphabets.
Step by step,
I started getting it,
Letters by letters,
My handwriting begins to get shape.
Not only that,
It was later in life,
That I realized that she was the one,
That exposed me to the Montessori method of learning,
Most of the elementary poetry and nursery rhymes I knew by then,
She was the one who introduced it to her class.
I could remember that I was in Primary 4A then,
In CAC Primary School B in Okesa Ilesa.
She was blessed with children that are extremely brilliant,
I could remember the brilliance of Brother Gbenga Haastrup then,
He was a Professor in Ilesa Grammar School among his peers,
I believe Ilesha Grammar School 1993 Set members remember him then.
She was blessed with another genius too,
He is my classmate in Ilesha Grammar School,
Surveyor Biodun Haastrup is another great mind,
She produced from her loins.
The last time I saw her at a function in Ilesa,
It was during Haastrups’ family gathering on December 26th,
When I greeted her,
She could still remember me without any introduction,
She asked about my mum and my siblings.
I was pained when I heard about her demise,
All I could remember is her effort on me then,
She took me as one of her sons,
And she gave me a reason to shout encomium on her today,
While other teachers look away and did nothing in giving me what I want,
She stood in the gap and gave me a reason to celebrate her today.
Eventhough, she is gone,
She will be remembered forever,
REST IN PEACE MA.
Anytime you see my handwriting and you appreciate it,just remember that LATE Elder(Mrs) Olufunmilayo Adesola Haastrup gave me a platform.
May her soul rest in Peace.
Adieu for now.
I missed you Ma.
Thanks for being a mother to me in the journey of my life.
May heaven reward your good deeds.
She will be committed to mother earth on the 21st of September 2019 in Ilesa Osun STATE.