Chanced

Down by the bay where the watermelons grow, back to my home,I dare not go, for if I go my mama will say, have you ever seen a pig, wearing a wig…

So I took a walk down by the bay and chanced upon these natural velvety wipes scientifically known as Plectranthus Barbatus. Don’t take them for granted. The maigoya tree may look like just a plant with broad leaves but people living along the slopes of the mountain will tell you just how much of a defining moment they’d get after visiting the ‘chamber of commerce’ and while downloading, they’d find the rack where the precious leaves were hanged staring back at them. There was only one option left; sliding on the dewy grass.

In English they say, story, story, story come. In Swahili they say, hadithi, hadithi, hadithi njoo. But on the slopes of the mountain we say, nīngūmūganīra karūgano, tūganīre.

Once upon a time, there was an old woman who lived in a dilapidated hut on a hill. Every Sunday morning on her way to church she’d take a detour to a place where these leaves grew in plenty. She’d gather a heap and place them on her now bowing back taking them to the church’s toilet. Every other Sunday she’d do this religiously even when noone seemed to appreciate her role. As it’s the case with most humans no one recognized her zeal and dedication until the day she died and was buried six feet under.

The following Sunday, people went to church and as usual when nature called they’d go to the chamber of commerce and download only to find the walls staring back at them. Don’t ask me what they did thereafter. Your guess is as good as mine. That’s when it all hit them hard. They had taken the old woman for granted for such a long time.

So as the year comes to an end kindly look back and see if you’ve taken anyone for granted. Don’t crossover before you say that thank you. My granny always taught us the importance of these three words; sorry, please and thank you.

To all my fans here, thank you very much for your continued readership. To the future fans, thank you in advance.
Wishing ya’ll a prosperous 2022.

#StillTheChronicler.

Published by Nyar Kaheti

Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

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