while in his yellow protective clothing overall, galloping like an angry horse with only one African sandal on his left leg, Ganizani was coming from work in the late afternoon. ‘Timeke! Timeke!’ Ganizani called his wife. ‘But where is your other sandal? Why have you come back from work with only one sandal when you had a pair when going for work;’ Timeke asked.
‘Make! Make;’ Ganizani continued calling his wife now in a different way. You aren’t answering my question when I ask you where the other sandal is;’ Timeke told Ganizani. But you aren’t also replying when I call you.
I want to tell you something interesting. First, listen to my story; then I will answer you where the other African sandal is.
‘Yes. Tell me. What is your story for me?’ Timeke who sat on a stool with her legs crossed; but stretched while preparing ‘vinkhubala’ for their supper asked.
Ganizani told his wife that their boss didn’t come for work on that day. He said, as a result, most of them (workers) were free to smoke, read newspaper while some were browsing the internet on their phones.
From such a situation, Ganizani said he was able to read a story from a certain newspaper which told him how a spouse can make his or her wife or husband to be missing him or her whenever he or she is away respectively.
‘So, what did the story say one is supposed to do to be missed by a wife or a husband whenever a husband or a wife is away;’ Timeke asked tactfully without showing her great interest in that story.
Ganizani told her that the story said a spouse should always find interesting stories or jokes to tell a wife or a husband whenever they are together.
‘Therefore, if you want me to be missing you each time I go for work, tell me an interesting story or joke now;’ Ganizani told his wife.
Timeke was surprised that her husband who read such a story from a newspaper was quick to ask her to tell him a story which might make him to be missing her whenever he was away instead of him starting such a practice.
‘Ganizani. It’s you who has brought such good news. Now why can’t you start practicing what you read by telling me an interesting story or joke before I tell you mine?
Why can’t you lead by good examples;’ Timeke wondered.
‘So you want me to start telling you a story which will make you to be missing me whenever I am away? Ganizani asked. ‘Yes;’ Timeke replied.
‘But it’s you who should please me more so that I don’t look for your friends while I am away;’ Ganizani said confidently.
‘What?’ Timeke asked. ‘You mean the see-saw game here is one-sided?’ She inquired further.
‘You mean I don’t want to be entertained like you want. Supposed I don’t miss you because you are boring to me, can’t I also look for your friends when you or I am away?’ asked Timeke.
Ganizani opened his big mouth and eyes in surprise. ‘Timeke! Timeke! What are you saying? You mean you also have the audacity to look for my friends if I don’t please you?’ Ganizani asked while sweating and visibly shaking with anger.
‘Whatever the case, Timeke, you can’t talk to me, your husband like that. Next time you repeat what you have said, I will take you to alangizi so that you explain properly what you mean;’ Ganizani told Timeke.
‘That’s over, my good one. Now tell me a good story so that I should be missing you whenever you are away;’ said Timeke.
Ganizani looked at Timeke with suspicion.
Timeke has always been a good wife with full African tradition. But he was astonished on that day Timeke spoke like that in the eyes of her husband.
But because Ganizani was concerned with what Timeke said in case she starts putting what she said into practice just because Ganizani is boring to her, he was forced to tell her a story which she saw near his work place which is also common to some people.
Removing the sleeves of his yellow protective clothing overall while seated on another stool, Ganizani said: ‘You know, Timeke, that some people aren’t happy with what they do?’ ‘What do you mean?
I am proud of what I do here at home. Who do you mean when you say some people aren’t happy with what they do?’ Timeke interrogated her husband.
‘Nooo, Timeke. I don’t mean you;’ Ganizani said while taking off the African sandal only on his left leg.
He said he saw one lady baking ‘vitumbuwa’ near his workplace. But because the lady felt that some of her school mates who might be in good jobs or good businesses might see her that that’s the type of business she was doing, she was almost hiding her face from the people passing by. She was like she could enter the ground; trying to hide herself from the people around her. One wondered how she would sell her fritters if she doesn’t want to show her face to the existing and potential customers.
Ganizani said some men also don’t seem to enjoy what they do. He said each time some people are working on what earns them their respective lives, they seem to disfigure their faces as if they are very annoyed with what they are doing.
‘So, since you like reading a lot of books and newspapers, what causes that; and what is the effect on what they do?’
Timeke asked her husband who she regards to be highly educated despite working as a general worker.
Ganizani said most people aren’t proud of how they earn their living.
They always think that what other people do is more rewarding or more important than what they do themselves.
‘But is that not what you also do because you told me that you wished you were a politician or a procurement officer;’ Timeke reminded Ganizani.
‘Yes, my wife. That’s what I have been saying. But those are just ambitious plans which don’t necessary negatively affect what I am doing now;’ Ganizani said.
Aaannh, you are almost coming to the answer of my second question. So, if someone isn’t happy with what he or she is doing, does that affect the quality of his or her work? Timeke asked.
‘To a large extent, yes;’ Ganizani replied. ‘If that is the case, what is the quality of the food I prepare for you here;’ she asked.
‘Timeke, don’t lead me into temptations. That’s top secret to us African husbands. You want me to reveal how I evaluate you in my best judgment so that you can be proud here?’
Ganizani said while gazing at Timeke to show how serious he was in hiding the answer to such a question.
While smiling, Timeke looked at Ganizani with her lovely attractive eyes; and said: ‘You know very well that because I enjoy preparing food for you, my food is better than what you used to eat before you married me.’
‘It’s true. When someone enjoys what he or she is doing, the quality of output will be exceptionally good;’ Ganizani said without knowing that, in the process of saying so, he was like confirming that he eats well prepared food now than before he married Timeke.
Then, Timeke nodded to what Ganizani said because, to her, that was confirmation that she gives him high quality cooked food.
‘Don’t you think that not being happy with what one is doing is a result of one being in a wrong career or doing something that one has no passion for;’ Timeke asked. ‘Of course, yes.
But why do what you hate; and not going into what you like most? He wondered.
Ganizani continued to say that people should have passion for what they do be it social, official or personal business at whatever level or size of profit.
He said such an approach to whatever we do is more rewarding in terms of quality of work, output and appreciation from those who benefit from our efforts or the profits that arise from what we do with passion.
Ganizani said unless one worked or is working against God’s plans on herself or himself, not being happy with what one does in life is like insulting God’s blessings on you.
He said, therefore, neither people around you nor God and His Son, Jesus Christ can be happy with someone who doesn’t appreciate how he or she earns one’s living.
‘Look at me. Despite being a general worker, I do my job with pride at all times to the appreciation of my supervisors and you, my wife;’ Ganizani gave a practical example.
He said people should be like him and those Zamcab (wheelbarrow pushers) who are always happy with what they do to earn their respective living.
Ganizani added that a tractor driver is also a good example of people who are proud of what they do at all times.
‘If all Zambians were proud of what they do like Zamcab pushers, tractor drivers and I do, this country would have developed sustainably; and high poverty levels would have been wiped off from our homes;’ Ganizani concluded.
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