Jacinta .c. Belonwu 1 year ago
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My Impulsiveness

We all should avoid hasty decisions...' IMPULSE'To me, things that are not of any usefulness, l consider them useless.

Discarding or giving out 'unuseful' or, better put, 'useless' things gives me relief. Sometimes I don't even think twice before doing that. I have to accept that I did them mostly out of impulsiveness. Such impulsiveness, I must admit, emanated from my attitude of not being comfortable with overcrowded or even over-decorated houses. If you say it's phobic, you may be very close to the truth. In fact, I dislike the acquisition of too much property in the house heedlessly. So, disposing of any of them I labeled 'of no use' was as easy as A, B, C, and D.

Funnily enough, there were a few occasions I noticed that I got rid of certain things I later realized I still needed after all. O please, please, don't be hasty to conclude that it's madness, stupidity, or something of that nature, or you may end up making the same mistake as me. I kept doing, ignoring the fact that my people don't always smile at the idea because some of those discards were not even my personal belongings. My mother, who mostly frowned at my idiosyncrasy, never failed to remind me that, 'E welu aka ekpe tufuchaa nkirinka nkata, ubochi o ga adi nkpa, e welu aka nri tututa ya.'(meaning: After discarding a worn-out basket with a left hand, you pick it up with a right hand when the need arises.)

Who said that our aged parents do not talk sensibly because they are old? Well, l am not suggesting that our aged parents know it all, but all I am trying to say is that they see far beyond young people because there is some sensitiveness that God endowed them with. Maybe that is the reason an Igbo adage says, 'Ihe okenye no ala were hu, nwata rigoro elu, o gaghi ahu ya' (What an elderly person see while sitting down, the young people cannot see it even if he climbed high)

Do I attribute it to the fact that they have been more experienced with life than their children? Yes, I believe that all the above assertions are correct.

THE HUNTER

One faithful day, I simply entered our kitchen, and what caught my attention was some piles of old pots at one end of the kitchen shelf. They were packed there because they had been replaced with new ones. So my mother purposely kept them there to be taken to our village during the next festive period. Coincidentally, I heard an announcement from an old aluminum/iron hunter; 

'iron condemn!!, condemn iron!!' came the thunderous voice of the desperate iron searcher. One could also hear, 'condemn!! Condemn!! It was the response from some children. They tried raising their voices even higher than that of the hunter as they tried to mimic his hoarse voice. It continued like that that a total stranger might even take it that they were on some rehearsals. 

MY MISTAKE

I went outside at once and saw the man already negotiating prices with those who brought out some aluminum or metal-made things they wanted to sell out or get rid of. I did not waste time and called the man's attention. When he came, I brought out the old pots before him. He beamed with a smile of surprise on seeing such piles of pots that were not even in a bad state. He then looked at me questioningly. With his two hands, he gestured how much I was selling them. I waved my hands front ways repeatedly in a simultaneous manner, indicating, 'Just collect and go.' I was even hasting to make sure my mother did not come out to spoil things for me. Surprised, the man thanked me repeatedly and carried his treasure, and left. 

MY LESSON (1)

Days passed before my mother noticed the missing pots and was alarmed. Unknowingly to me, there was a small pot she bought new and kept inside big ones. She needed it for a purpose at the village, but the hunter had gone away with all. It was all my fault. I didn't know, but I really blamed myself. I really regretted it and was so sorry for my impulsiveness.

MY LESSON (2)

OLD PICTURES

There are so many pictures of people in our village house. They are pictures of relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc. A greater number of them were old ones. When I say old ones, I mean they were taken so many years ago. Most of them were before the Nigeria/Biafra war. Of course, they were black-and-white pictures. Some were also recent ones which I prefer to the old ones. After so many years, l was becoming irritated with those old black-and-white pictures. I once persuaded my mother to clear those pictures out of our sitting room and allow only the more recent ones. She warned me sternly that any day she looked for those pictures, she would be mad at me.

It was not long; I noticed that people who paid us visits got entertained by those pictures. I was always amazed when such visitors spent hours getting entertained by those archaic pictures. The kind of laughter that came out from our sitting room whenever visitors were having a good time with those pictures made me really shudder. The postures and, of course, the archaic styles of wear, hairstyles of ladies, haircuts of men, shoes, etc., of those people in those pictures, triggered such laughter. I observed that our visitors were always in a cheerful mood before going. 

MY LESSON (3)

A few years later, something unexpected happened.  There were relations of ours who were making preparations for their late father's memorial service. It happened that they could not lay hands on any of their father's pictures because he died long ago. They have searched and searched without luck. So someone told them to try our place and that they might be lucky as there were so many old pictures in our place. With slim hope, they tried their luck and were lucky. They were so happy and filled with gratitude; they thanked us immensely because it enabled them to prepare brochures, souvenirs, and others. 

After the incident, one day, our family members were analyzing the effect of those old pictures on the lives of others, and my mother just looked at me and said,  'Now you understand' 'O ju ngwangwa na aju ihe o ka ekwe ekwe, na ebe o kwe ngwangwa na ekwe ihe o ka aju aju(meaning: one who is hasty in the agreement or accepting things, accepts or agrees to what he would have rejected and vice versa. I smiled knowingly and admittedly. I came to rethink my approach to old things or unuseful property. I hope to change; I am really making an effort.

May God help me.

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