Mummy, What is mwizi wa mapenzi?

On good evenings, I get to read for my daughters . On very good evenings, I get to read with them. Last week , in preparation for the back-to-school exam, I was reading with Kajune. She can now read all 3 letter words and a few other longer words , which makes me – and her – particularly proud.

The book we were reading is  Sound and Read : Book 1. Thus…

A page in Sound and read book 1

Fun – That’s OK.

Skull – SERIOUSLY?! Who puts skull in a kid’s book? Like how would you use it in a sentence? “I hurt my skull today, playing football?”

Pug – I learn new words all the time. I just didn’t know I’d learn new words from my pre-school’s child textbook. Apparently pug is some dog breed.

Lux –  “…the SI unit of illuminance and luminous emittance, measuring luminous flux per unit area. It is used in photometry as a measure of the intensity, as perceived by the human eye, of light that hits or passes through a surface.” – Wikipedia.

Now, put that in a language a 5 year old will understand. And just when I thought things wouldn’t get harder..

I know!

“I love that song” , says Bunny as she walks into the living room , effectively interrupting us.

The song playing is Mwizi wa mapenzi.

“Oh, you do?” I ask calmly.

“Mami , What is mwizi wa mapenzi?” , cuts in Kajune.

“I Know!”, offers Bunny.

Lawd! Now, THAT’S scary!

“You do?”

“Yes!” , she answers proudly, enjoying the limelight.

“Mwizi wa mapenzi (she pauses for effect) is when someone sees two people who are married (pauses again) and love each other soo much…….and then tries to copy them!”

Pheeewks! What a relief! 🙂

For a moment there I was getting ready to give the talk.

“Kajune, let’s carry on”, I say , flipping to the next page.

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