My Life Like A Rainbow by Florence Ajimobi is an exploratory auto-biography that welcomes readers into the thoughts and memories of the writer.
In this breezy read, Florence delivers a detailed account of her life and times, likening her 6 decade-long existence to a rainbow. The several transitions and evolutions she has undergone are represented in the different hues and shades that merge to form a beautiful and well-crafted story of a life well spent. The narrative draws a wide arc from her childhood, through her education and subsequent marriage, ending with the sojourn into motherhood and her role as a matriarch.
Deeper into the book, each of these shades is examined both in their singularity and as a part of the spectrum. My Life Like A Rainbow somehow manages to unite a tale, which exists in bits, and draws the life of it to the surface.
From her own life, Florence effortlessly highlights several key themes and lessons that will stay with readers long after they put the book down.
First is acceptance. From growing as the apple of her parent’s eyes, to marrying into a family with 23 children, Florence made a transition that would shake the very foundation of many people’s lives. Yet, through it, she found the strength not only to survive, but to accept, adapt and thrive despite the odds.
Her growth was not uni-dimensional, as she also had to reconcile the fantasy of the man she had pictured in her head, to the reality of the one she now shared a last name with. The entire book is laced with love and adoration for her husband. She shows, through the pages, how he has been instrumental in seeing her from the child she was, into the woman she has become.
This book is a self-tribute to a powerhouse as she celebrates her diamond jubilee, and a gift of wisdom to the hands that it falls into.