Sabine Adeyinka is a talented and creative woman. I have known her for many decades and amongst other traits like loyalty and kindness, she is known for her humour. She is good at crafting words together to tell a story that makes an impression on you.
Her first published work, is a delightful children’s story “How The Sun Got Her Cool Back”.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of her other work in the form of short stories. I can’t wait for her to publish other books. Come on Cuz, next book for adults, please.
I have had her permission to share this story which is of an interaction between Sabine and her Dad.
Less is More
I am sweating profusely as I set down the steaming plate of pounded yam in front of daddy. No lumps, spread open like an eagle so that heat can quickly escape. I return with okra soup and a bowl of water for washing hands. I also bring ice cold water for drinking and a tumbler. ‘Thank you’, Daddy says as he begins straightaway to take morsels of the pounded yam and dunk it into the okra soup. Unusually he calls me back and asks for more water to drink. As I pour the water into the tumbler, he says ‘Yemisi make a list of what is needed in the house’.
‘is there something else you are doing?’
Yes, to be honest but honesty will be rewarded in a strange way if I try it.
‘no, okay I will start now’/
I bring the list to him. By now he is washing his hands in the bowl and using the red checkered hand towel to wipe his hands and mouth.
‘is this all?’
‘what about salt?’
‘there is a whole sack of salt in the store’
‘Oh that’s funny, I thought you might have used all of it in the okra soup’.