A brief conversation I had with my colleague early this week, has really ruined my plans. Since my Never again Story, I have secretly been buying more open shoes in preparation for summer, I am tired of these winter boots. I have been optimistic that Summer is around the corner and now I am informed, this could actually be the start of winter. Sad! Sad!
3 months I have been patient dealing with this new weather, snow, ice, extremely low temperatures, overdressing and I feel really disappointed. I now appreciate Kenya in a better way, we have beautiful weather, this extreme Winter is unheard of. This week we have experienced severe weather, probably the worst in the past three months. On Tuesday, there was heavy snow as I headed to the office. Outside the office, I shook off the snow and walked past the reception and as part of my greetings with my colleague she asked about my take on the weather. “Great, it is manageable, nothing to complain about”. She looked at me and I saw the worry in her face.
“Oh sorry, this might actually be the start of winter. It sometimes gets worse in mid-February all the way to April. There might be
more snow from now henceforth. It is crazy especially in the West part of Kristiansand where it is accompanied by great wind than the one we experience here,” she said.
I walk to the office feeling low and disappointed. I am really looking forward to the end of Winter so that I can pronounce myself a hero. One, at the start of the winter season my boss had told me I should get prepared of sliding and falling down. I promised him that I will not fall and his response was “Patience, no one chooses to fall, when we have icy roads, many people fall, not because they choose to but it happens and it happens so fast, you don´t even realise it.” He keeps updating me on the figures of people reported injured in this Winter and this week he told me, “Statistic has it that more than 1,700 people have broken either their arms or legs in Kristiansand only.” With that figure raising on a daily basis, I still wanted to prove him wrong that as fresh as I am from Africa, I will not fall.
Two, I love to laugh at people when then fall down. Every day as I walk around, somehow I see people falling down and in turn I look away and burst into laughter. My housemate has fallen and slid about 5 times now and became really angry with me for laughing at her, but I love it that way. It is an old habit that I picked from my High School. Heading to the dinning hall, we had these many stairs and somehow girls always missed the steps and the whole school went into laughter and you can be assured I was one of those who really had a hearty laughter. Old habits die-hard!!
My colleague at work told me, “Patience, even though you have snow grabbers, the way you love to laugh at people when they fall down, your time is coming. Pray that I will not be there, but should I be there, you can be assured you will make news at NRK, both in TV and in Radio. I will laugh then scream for help, before you can pick up yourself I will gather up a crowd and cause a scene. Oh my God, this will be news. “She has really hurt herself, she has broken her leg and an arm, she is in so much pain, please do not touch her, help, please someone call an ambulance, it is critical.” All this time, I am busy taking photos and video clips.
Just for laugh
You should see her say this, I laugh and to make matters worse she adds, “ This is how my news story will be featured in ´just for laugh segment –What goes around always comes around. She has had a great Winter time laughing at people when they fall, little did she know her time was coming. And it happened today. Have a look at this Kenyan girl. I will then show you struggling to pick yourself up from the slippery grounds, shaking up your bum and wiping your tears but no sympathy, instead I put this prolonged laughter as a sound effect, as I end my story. I am already structuring my story in readiness for the moment.”
You can be assured, this is a moment that I dread, and now I can´t wait for summer, I am so fed up with this Winter and I really want to confess the heroine in me.
Whatever your weather, do enjoy your weekend!