21 questions

Literally any given day of my life:

(Disclaimer: I’m going to write the whole piece in English. Although I only speak to Kendi in DhoLuo)

Kendi: Mama, what’s that?

Me: What?

Kendi: That tall building there

Me: A tall building

Kendi: A tall building?

Me: Yes

Kendi: Why?

Me: Kendi? Are you serious?

Kendi: (Laughs) ya, I’m serious. Mama, why a tall building?

Me: Because that’s how they built it

Kendi: Who?

Me: Huh?

Kendi: Who builded it?

Me: Built

Kendi: Who built it?

Me: The people who built it. The builders

Kendi: The builders?

Me: Yes!

We are in the car and I can’t leave. I can’t run away or pretend I’m on the phone.

Kendi: Mama?

Me: Yes

Kendi: I’m hungry

Me: Oh OK, I’ll give you a snack when we get home

Kendi: Why?

Me: Because you’re hungry. Didn’t you just say that you’re hungry?

Kendi: Yes. But I’m hungry now

Me: OK. The snack is at home. I’ll give it to you when we get home

I’m literally on the verge of tears at this point.

Kendi: Mama, I’m so hungry

Me: Kendi, do not tell one more time how hungry you are. I’ve heard you and I will feed you when we get home. We’re almost home.

Kendi: Ok mama

Kendi is now balancing tears, folding her arms and shrugging her shoulders in the most pathetic way imaginable.

Kendi: Mama

Me: Yes! (I’m trying not to yell, but I just need a moment of peace please)

Kendi: I’m sorry but I’m so hungry

Me: (Agonized silence)

Kendi: Mama

Me: (Silently praying for the second coming) Yes

Kendi: It’s OK to be hungry

Me: Yes it is

Kendi: Why?

Me: UUUUUUUWWWWWWIIIIIII!!!!!

Kendi: Mama, why are you saying uuuuwwwiiii?

Me: Kendi, give me 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes OK?

Kendi: OK mama. I give you 5 minutes

Kendi: After 5 minutes we talk?

Me: Yes! But the 5 minutes have to start right now

Kendi: OK mama. 5 minutes starting now

Kendi: Mama? Starting now?

Me: (Literally holding my tongue with both hands)

Kendi: Mama, it’s good to say starting now

Kendi: Mama?

Kendi: Mama?

Kendi: I’m not your friend. (More of the tears balancing-arm folding-shoulder shrugging-pathetic looking- actions of before)

Me: whooosah. whoosah. whoosah.

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