Feeling Home Again 1
I remember what it was like growing up around my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Going home to the village every holiday was a trip I looked forward to in anticipation.
The drive through the different towns and the various stops to refuel and to snack on either pears and corn or banana or boiled groundnuts was exciting. We would leave the city and drive about three hours then, to the village.
Getting to village and meeting everyone from their different cities really made the trip worth the drive. Grandpa would be standing at the balcony to welcome everyone as we arrived, Grandma would be in d kitchen cooking.
She loved using her fireplace even though she had the modern gadgets, she always felt the food cooked with gas never tasted as good as the one cooked with firewood.
After the evening prayers together, we would all move to the dining for dinner. We took turns to say the grace and then eat as a family. That was what family was to me.
I loved the attention I got from my grandparents, aunts and uncles, they made me feel like a princess. I remember feeling the love and security I felt knowing my family was there always. How I miss those days.
The connect for families isn’t there any longer. No more village trips because either grandparents aren’t there any longer or friends you had there back then have left for the city.
The roads are not in such great conditions again and you think taking the family through the bad roads isn’t such a good idea. You begin to think of the evil old aunt in the village who might just hurt the kids with her witchcraft or the wicked uncle who never liked you so will harm you if you go home.
The family values are just not taking roots again and the kids know nothing about where they really come from. Some don’t even know the names of their village.
Disheartening to say the truth but isn’t that what it is?
Do send me your views, will be great to hear from you, your experiences and what you miss most about your years growing up. This is just me having a little time to feel home again.
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