In Summary
  • After I had ensured that he had properly latched the door from inside to avoid unexpected visitors, I went back to the banquet where we were peeling off goat ribs escorting them down with a myriad of cold beverages.
  • After what I considered a reasonable interval, I realised that the boy was still holed up in the facility which was quite unusual for the simple biological function.

Life in the village has been quite interesting. Having enjoyed Christmas, it’s finally time to go back to the leafy suburbs and embark on the daily hustle and bustle of the city.

Village life the last few days has not been without its own share of drama, especially for the young ones.

After stuffing himself with all kinds of food and drinks on Christmas day, Brian approached me and from his facial expression, I could tell that he was in distress.

He whispered something to my ear and I smiled back. It was nothing serious, he just wanted me to show him somewhere he could relieve himself.

So I escorted him to the pit latrine located about a hundred metres from the house. 

Pit latrines in the village are considered a necessary evil and are always sited in remotest corner of the homestead. Sometimes you will find the facility located outside the perimeter wall with thick bushes growing around it.

TOOK TOO LONG

After I had ensured that he had properly latched the door from inside to avoid unexpected visitors, I went back to the banquet where we were peeling off goat ribs escorting them down with a myriad of cold beverages.

After what I considered a reasonable interval, I realised that the boy was still holed up in the facility which was quite unusual for the simple biological function.

As a good father, I decided to go and have a quick look just to confirm that everything is okay. I was whistling a jolly Christmas tune along the way.

When you are approaching this facility, it is considered good practice to let a lot of noise accompany your movements.

The reasons for this are many.

Sometimes the facility does not have a functional door, and instead the opening is covered with a piece of polythene bag.

The walls to the facility are made of timber and a few pieces could be missing, leaving gaping holes on walls.

NOISE MEANT TO WARN USER

The noise that you make as you approach the facility is supposed to warn the latrine user of your imminent presence. In the intervening period before you come barging inside, they can get the opportunity to preserve their decency and warn you to wait for a few minutes.

When I arrived at the facility, I found the young man still fully dressed and staring at the small opening on the floor of the facility like a rookie geologist who had discovered an interesting earth fissure.

I felt guilty. I must have taken it for granted that he would automatically know how to make use of the tiny and unsymmetrical opening on the floor. I therefore organised a quick one point lesson for him and ensured that he was relieved.

TRUTH BE TOLD…

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