What must have gone through her mind the moment she heard about her husband’s demise was: ‘Oh my, I was just kidding. . .”
Because the two often held mock debates teasing each other about who would go first, before laughing it off. Now that my grandpa lost this duel, he owes her one when they meet again.
His life was full of color, and after living it boldly for 100 years, he leaves some few valuable lessons for men today:
Lessons – A man:
1. Is opinionated – before he gave up drinking, stories are told about how he threw rounds to younger men he found drinking in the pub. He’d later visit their homes in the evening and beat them up. Hehe. He believed that young men should not do alcohol.
2. Believes in a cause – his MAU MAU exploits read like a blockbuster, and because of them he got the nickname: Ndege (airplane) because he was swift. .
3. Is skilled at something – Although he was a heavy drinker in his mid years, he’d pick his tools of trade a few weeks before schools reopened, and by the d-day, all his 17 children had school fees to last them a term. He too would have something to warm his coffers till the next term. Yes, he was good at what he did.
4. Doesn’t stop dreaming – [from an excerpt of a post I wrote 3 years ago . .]
“With the advent of mobile phones in Kenya (1999/2000), he promised to own one despite his age. And a few years later he did. Well, that’s probably not a big deal, you’d think. But at 97, this man knows no rest. He supervises his shops, takes coffee to the factory, catches his usual banter. His eyes, they glint with hope. That dreams unfulfilled are still within reach.”
[He got into real estate at about 95]
5. Is a patriot – it’s the reason he wanted a gun in May this year, because any attack on Kenya should irk every one of us enough, to do something.
As I hesitatingly accept that it is a generational transition – That with this hero’s loss, 10 days before Mashujaa (Heroes) Day, a new niece has been born to me; he has left big shoes: someday I hope my baby niece can at least write half as much about me as am writing about my grandpa today.
Sleep well | Welcome to the world toto.
C’est la vie.