Now continuing along our walk, a beautiful woman stops to greet me, and tells me she is 75 years young because all she eats is the veggies and grains grown in her yard. She looks 50! After a few moments, she goes on her merry way leaving me to wonder if my coco puffs are considered vegetarian! I used to be vegetarian, but gave that up for mid-life crisis---maybe I should reconsider!
Let's turn left, this looks like a pretty path with traditional mud huts, and fun loving people. Yup, I picked the right path, a whole flock runs up to me, a flock of family that is, and they all know exactly who I am, and I can't recall anyone, but it's ok, they quickly remind me. Come, come meet my mama! Into the house I go, but not without admiring their yard and dwellings. I tell them how lovely things are, and it only took 2 minutes to fall in love with their home, the yard, and their souls. The family starts telling me the order of 5 children, how each structure surrounding was built facing the main home according to birth order, and so now I know what each cousin, uncle, and aunts all do---and, I'm supposed to remember all the names such as Nifelwe, Mmpho, Mmabelle. Yikes, I can barely pronounce my own African name correctly! All African names have meanings to them, for example, my name, Tshepo, means trust---so why can't I call everyone by their meanings, it would make things so much easier..."Yo, Confidence, I could use a little today! The family goes on to talk about many things, but most of all how growing up in Mmathethe there was hardly anything but land, and playing with each other was all they had besides their crops. Hmm, it looks like nothing has changed in 90 years! I defer questions about America because this is much more interesting. After a long and hearty conversation, the mama told me they would come fetch me on XMAS day to hear the family sing in a choir, and I get to share to their goat with them..YAY! (I better remember 40 of their names at least)! As I walk away and think about this interaction, I guess the term "nothing" is all relative--I bet they still had their sticks to make posts and their cauldron to cook in! Lucky them!
|my friends on our walk|
|one of the family|
Hope you enjoyed our walk! The sun is setting and it's time to go home--wanna join me for dinner--we'll have a big bowl of coco puffs--I'll even slice a banana on top!
"Return to old watering holes for more water, friends and dreams are there to meet you!" African Proverb!