The experience of growing up in an African home is, in itself, sufficient for a lifetime. I’m sure, given the necessary tools, everyone who has survived an African home would write riveting tales about their experiences. Surviving an African home is an achievement we should be allowed to have in our CVS.
The juxtaposition of disciplinarian parents and kids with unencumbered curiosity gave for a lot of memorable experiences. For those of us who have lived it, if there is one thing we can agree on, it is that it was a tough life.
Let’s talk seven ways we got in trouble as kids growing up in an African home, shall we?
Speaking Back When Being Spoken To
Growing up in an African home, we grew up recognizing this act as the height of disrespect. The funny thing is, not speaking back also got us in trouble. Speaking back just happened to be a faster way to get in trouble.
Our mothers ensured they never dished our meals without asking if we could finish it. They didn’t mind the pain as long as it meant they were preventing wastage. Hence, changing your mind about a meal you initially agreed to finish was a cardinal sin.
Getting Caught With ‘Friends’ Of The Opposite Sex.
Who would have guessed that the time would come when our parents would be the ones pressuring us about relationships? Not with how strict they were with us regarding ‘friends’ of the opposite sex back then. Then, it was jumping the gun, but now…
Disobeying Nonverbal Cues In Public
Growing up in an African home, one skill we weren’t taught but expected to master was being psychic. The mastery of that skill remains the reason why many of us are here today. Back then, disregarding or misinterpreting nonverbal cues was like signing our own death warrants.
Accepting Gifts From Strangers
You can’t grow up in an African home and not know how to politely refuse gifts. Our parents ingrained that in us. Growing up, we knew accepting gifts from strangers was a no-no. Interestingly, ‘strangers’ did not refer to complete strangers as per the denotation of the word. Even select relatives were included in these blacklists. In fact, it was relatives that populated most of those lists.
Breaking An Item In The House
It never mattered much if it was accidental or on purpose. Breaking an item in the house meant trouble. To ease the consequence of your mistake all you had to do was report yourself immediately. If you tried to cover your misdeed and got exposed, that’s even more trouble. In that case, you did it accidentally on purpose.
Disgracing The Family In Public
And, don’t get me started on the endless list of things you could do to disgrace the family. They ranged from logical to downright ridiculous. And, no one really took time out to educate us on these things. The onus was on us to find out what was considered disgraceful and not. A lot of us discovered these things the hard way.
Did you grow up in an African home? What was your experience like growing up in an African home?Do you know these scenarios all too well? Do you think you can improve on this list? If yes, please head over to the comment section and drop your opinion.