‘Si unihotspot.’ Working with this young generation makes me realise just how old school I am. Hotspotting is the latest lingo among the young generation. The other day someone talked about how when someone hotspots you they don’t want to see you smirk, smile or laugh. They immediately disconnect you if they suspect you are increasing your lifespan at their expense. You know they say laughter is medicine for the soul. This phenomenon took me back to those days in the village while growing up; you know the days when you could borrow fire, salt, sugar and even flour. You know the funny thing with Ugali is that you might realise too late that the flour will not be enough and you may end up eating porridge instead of Ugali.
Besides borrowing these basic items, sometimes on the rare occasion that you had to attend a function/family gathering or you had to go visiting folks in town/ the big city you’d need to borrow the cool kids their ngorofa dresses and/ or palm shoes. Now it was okay to borrow these things and feel like a Disney Princess up and until when you tried to play and the cool kid would whisper in your ear not that Nameless’ whisper of ‘macho yako yanameta kama stars’ but that whisper of, ‘usichafue/ usirarue nguo yangu.’ You’d walk like a dog that has been rained on, its tail between its hindlegs and watch as the others played from a distance. Worse still some cool kids instead of whispering would shout at the top of their voices and the whole community would know that you were clad in borrowed clothes.
If you thought that borrowing clothes is bad, borrowing a lift/ hitchhiking is even worse. You go to a function with a guy when you don’t have a dime in your wallet/ handbag and when the guy rises up to stretch you rise with him thinking that he’s going to leave you.
Earth is hard after all we are here on borrowed time.


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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