29 January 2010

Suburban Superstar

The best part of my morning commute, after BBC Network Africa, and after jumpstarting the heap-of-junk car, and after rally-driving through ditches and river-beds, is the kids. The kids who relentlessly, without fail, coming tearing out of their huts at full pelt towards the road/path screaming and yelling, desperately, wholeheartedly, till their lungs are fit to burst, what is probably the one word that they know of English.

"MORRNNINNGGG!!!!!!"

And the kids who stand shyly by the path until the car window is exactly level with them whereupon they scream with all their enthusiasm and might,

"MORRNNINNGG!!!!!!"

It's slightly less impressive on the evening commute, when despite the apparent passing of the day, the cry is still, a screeching, wholehearted, joyful, "morning". One day they will scream

"EVENINNGGG!!!!!"

and I will be very happy.

5 comments:

Matt said...

I've always had a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with BBC Network Africa. I find the presentation cheesy and while the analysis is often OK, the interviews are usually pretty awful (and god help you if you get stuck listening to Africa-have-yoru say). My hate for it peaks in the morning when it begins, with the over-the-top music and that bloody cockeral crowing over and over and over again ( If you're listening to NA, then you're likely living in Africa, where we have cockerals to wake us up already). And then there are the proverbs-of-the-day which often have no meaning.

Can you sense my hate?

Roving Bandit said...

But the music, cockerels and proverbs are the best part!

vinayak said...

You forgot KAWAJJAAA!!

Anonymous said...

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CK said...

FYI, they are shouting 'MONNNNNEEEYYYY!!!!', not "MORRNNINNGG!!!!!!"

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