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Nsungwi ya mtuwa sisiliridwa. (Chewa ““ Malawi and Nyanja ““ Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique)

A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired (for building). (English)

In Africa, Christmas is a special season, full of festivities, happiness, financial challenges ““ and temptations. It is a period we see old pals, make friends – and even destroy relationships. Think of those beautiful girls and handsome boys hanging around, seeking attention. Aha.. you young bachelor and Bachelorette, have you forgotten the recent demand from your family? No excuses this Christmas; you need to get married and settled down. You are not getting younger, they remind you. What of other basic family expectations? Enough food must be on the table. Children want Christmas gifts. Not even your wife is left alone; she wants new clothes and shoes. Don`t forget your husband wants the world to know that he is the “man of the family“- whatever that really means. This is not the right time to get unnecessarily mad or fake being angry and off you leave home and decide not to come back till “she behaves.“ O ya! Life is full of challenges; it all depends on how you handle those obstacles. What do you prefer? To abandon the good work you have started because of challenges and look for something new? Or try to remove any problems that could impend your good work? The choice is yours.

Remember: If you rather prefer those yellow shoots of bamboo for making a hut, they might not be strong enough to hold the structure of the hut. Building a strong and lasting marriage, relationship or friendship requires faithfulness and commitment in the midst of problems, joys, hopes, fears and other challenges.
How far is this true of Kata Kata`s latest proverb of the week?
Nsungwi ya mtuwa sisiliridwa. (Chewa ““ Malawi and Nyanja ““ Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique)
A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired (for building). (English)
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