Published On: Mon, May 16th, 2011

Najwa Meets More Family Including Grandpa!

Najwa Gaines and her grandpaWhenever I hear Nduku talk about her grandparents, especially her grandmother who still works in the fields regardless of her age, her health and the family telling her to take it easy [and the heat, the dust and sheer physical toll it takes that I probably couldn’t handle myself], I wonder what it would be like to have grandparents. I never knew my mother’s parents and only met my dad’s parents very, very briefly before they too have passed.

But even not understanding the relationship grandchildren have with their grandparents, I do want to make sure Najwa does figure it out. She’s met her Korean grandmother who was there since day one and we took a trip to visit in March for my mom’s birthday.

This weekend my dad came to visit and meet Najwa for the first time outside of Skype. Najwa is at that stage where anyone holding her other than me, Nduku and the sitter better be wearing earplugs. She did manage to settle down for a moment so my aunt June could hold her.


The following day after catching up with my aunt [she’s actually my dad’s aunt, my great aunt], we went to the National Museum of the American Indian. Najwa wasn’t really into much so we mainly hung out in the halls playing around while my dad and his partner [she’s a Navajo] perused the museum.

Native American Museum

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One of the more interesting things we saw was on this wall with a ton of names of Indian tribes. Or is it Native American? Regardless, one of the tribes was called Kamba. Nduku’s tribe back in Kenya are the Kamba. But no matter how much she loves Indian food, I don’t think she’s a Native American.

Then we trotted over to the Botanical Gardens. Peaceful place. Cool plants. And a bunch of weird looking ones. Even found a couple of plants listed as Kenyan.

And then, to satiate my dad’s lust for seafood, we went out to the Fisherman’s Wharf under the 12th Street bridge. And I should’ve guessed he was going to order the raw oysters which aren’t cracked open until they’re ordered. I take it there aren’t many places 7,000 feet in the air [Flagstaff where he lives] that serve raw oysters.


We ended the day at my aunt Jo-ann’s place in Ft. Washington, MD. She cooked a massive dinner, my dad had some shrimp BBQ’d just before it started to rain and my aunt made me a birthday cake. It was cool. Especially since Najwa got a chance to meet more of her family.

And later this year, we’re boarding a plane to go to Kenya to meet her Kenyan grandparents and family.

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

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