It’s amazing how fast things change. Just a week ago, I was only interested in making my store (Ethanzplace kiddies Store) grow. A week later I am putting my thoughts down for you to share in. Change is indeed constant.
Was reminiscing on the past last week, how I used to look forward to going to the village. Seeing grandpa so tall standing on the balcony in his singlet and his wrapper tied round his waist, welcoming us home.
Grandma’s cooking, you must have pounded yam every dinner because she believed the rice, beans, plantain would never fill you up the way the pounded yam would.
Hmmmm, makes me think about what every young woman is about nowadays …….Calories!!! How beautiful our grandparents and parents were back then without having to worry about complexion or weight. That’s for another day.
Anyway, who still thinks rain water is good for the kids to bath? Or walking bare feet around the compound is fine? Do the kids know what moin-moin taste like? Or Akara? How about roasted corn and pear? Have they even being to the farm before? Now that’s going far. How about a garden at the back of the house?
At 5years of age, I started helping out in the kitchen, do we do that with our girls now? I am so guilty writing this piece because I’m a culprit. Our parents and grandparents did a lot to leave not only a legacy but also to strengthen the spirit of togetherness, the love of family and also to appreciate our culture and be proud of where we come from.
I am proud to have a solid background of the Bette and the Efik language but what about my kids, your kids? Do they speak any other language apart from English language?
If asked what they would have for lunch, how many of our kids will ask for Eba or pounded yam? Not to mention food like Ekpang nkukwo. Have we lost touch with our “HOMES”?
That place where peace once was? Where you could go to bed without the fear of robbers because everyone knew who was who? Where buying smoked fish with dried peas wasn’t an embarrassment?
I miss those days…I really do.
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