Aunts

If you have been brought up in village, you’d understand how back then it was nice hearing that your uncle has married a woman and he’s bringing her home to visit for a few days.

That meant your usual work load was reduced by half, cos your new ‘aunt’ will help you.

She’ll be welcomed warmly on the first day. She’ll eat the stake part of the chicken while you’re given sukuma wiki and soup plus ‘shingo’.

The next day you’ll be woken up so early to prepare tea for the visitor. Since they came with bread, you’ll skip taking your usual sweet potatoes.

On the third day, she’d have adopted, you’d wake up and find tea is ready and the utensils are neatly placed on the rack to dry. You’ll be turned to a messenger,

‘Kimbia kwa akina Rex, waambie wakusaidie shoka. Ukirudi pitia kwa duka ununue Royco halafu urudi uende mtoni!’

You’d enjoy the trips and love your new aunt.

Nowadays, the new aunts that are brought to our homes aren’t cool at all.

The new aunt would come to your home and end up leaving without knowing how the kitchen looks like.

She’d wake up at 10:00 am finding tea is ready, take the tea without bothering to know who prepared it then retrieve back to uncle’s Simba.

The aunt will be so full of herself in that all she wants to do is apply qutex and use her smartphone.

She’d look at other people with a twitched nose as if she doesn’t belong there.

You as the ‘mtoto wa boma’ will be left with double work:Your usual chores and also tending to hers, cos if you don’t do it, your uncle will stop paying your fees.

The aunt won’t even acknowledge the presence of your grand ma, to her it’s not a big deal. Respect to her is overrated,

‘Si ni mwanamke tu kama mimi!’ that would be her argument. And your uncle won’t say anything.

She’ll leave you wondering why she came all the way to your village. She can as well apply qutex and google from her house in town!

Don’t we just miss our old aunts!

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8 Responses

  1. Stanley says:

    You are very right. You will hear some feminist talk about empowerment and equal rights and claim that the “aunt” is not a slave. Hehe

  2. Brenda says:

    this is beautiful bringing back the old days a new… keep it up

  3. Shannon W. Macheusi says:

    I love this..those good old days.When life was simple and sweet.

  4. Faith Mumbi Kabui says:

    Good ole days…great job

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