In an excerpt from Gifty’s childhood journal, she tells God that she and Nana raced to the car after church, and she almost won. She is sure she will beat him next time. In a second excerpt, she asks God to bless Nana and her mother and to let Nana get a dog.
These excerpts from Gifty’s journal show the simplicity of her childhood faith, how centered her world is around her mother and her brother, and how loving and complete her world felt when Nana was still in it. They help to contextualize the magnitude of the loss Gifty and her mother suffered when Nana died.