” This is the water we use for clothes washing dishes washing, teeth brushing, drinking, tea making; everything, this is the water for everything”, concluded Mamma Junior as she closed the only tap in the compound shared by seven families.
As I watched the last few drops of water fall I screamed in my mind,” Drinking!! you are joking right! The color of that water is brown”.
A week later I still drink tea in the morning.
Llpena: Voice medium pitched but gruff, hands slapping the air, voice rising, tone from gruff to seriously bass, hips swaying to the left, Right leg stomping, voice falling, a couple of snorts, a few deafening Mms; Now left hand to the hip, voice as high as an opera singer, both hands waving frantically, a final snort, the cadence reached.
Dennis: Lifts three fingers, all the while not taking his eyes off his phone.
End of conversation!
Me: Dennis, What was Llpena so upset about?
Dennis: < Still not taking his eyes off his phone > Oh! she just wanted to know how many kids have not had their lunch.
Me: Are you sure that is all she wanted to know?
#3: Color of the skin
Guide: I can also show you to see a tamarind tree. It’s a miraculous tree. Lots of good things come from the tree. All this for only 1000 Ksh. I no cheat you!
< Pointing to a frangipani tree> See there that tamarind tree. the flowers smelling nice.
Me: That is not a Tamarind tree!
Guide: Where are you from?
Me: India, where there are lots of Tamarind trees!
Guide: The color of your skin cheat me!