I accidentally got to eavesdrop on a conversation between my neighbor and his daughter sometime this week.
Daughter goes something like, “Daddy si utaenda kwa bank utoe pesa ya trip!”
(Daddy, you shall have to go to the bank and withdraw money for the trip).
I gathered there was an already planned educational trip at school and this child was definitely eager to go.
An obviously amused dad went, “Alafu nikienda kwa bank?”
(Then what happens when I go to the bank?)
“Ah, si utawaambia tu wakupee pesa alafu waandike hapo trip. Hawatakataa. Alafu utapea teacher!”The daughter reasoned.
(Ah, you will tell them to give you the money then they note down ‘trip’. They won’t decline. Then you give the teacher!)
From that small bit of conversation I overheard, I came to several conclusions;
- This little girl assumed her daddy had so much money which could be withdrawn at anytime from the bank. So playing the “I’m broke” card was definitely not going to work for him. He just had to pay for the school trip whether he had the money or not judging from the finality in his daughter’s voice.
- For this little girl, her daddy was obviously her knight in shining armor who could grant her anything in the world. Check.
- Children can be so humorously innocent in the way they reason at times. Especially the part where she says the bank should note down “trip” as the purpose of the money withdrawn. I mean for children things can be so easy. Not so for us adults!
Anyways, hope she does get to go for the trip. I know daddy wouldn’t dream of letting her down now, would he?