Memoirs of a Child Soldier

Updated: May 16, 2021

Dear Africana Woman,

Hi honéy. How have you been? Let me tell you. Dis de President of Zambiao. Did he not announce last Friday that schools could open for all other students as early as Monday. Yes two days later. Mhm. My son's school has absolutely no chill. My dear if that announcement was made at 10am, then by 12pm they had sent out an official letter saying bring the chewdren back by Tuesday next week. Was it not scramble for Africa, using money I did not know I have. Homes, has had a major growth spurt. In December we had a birthday photoshoot and this Dude was as tall as my shoulders, right now he is taller than me. Like Dude calm down, what are you rushing for? Anyway, shoes were too small, uniforms barely fit, clothes were tight. Scramble for Africa I tell you. But keeping it real, it was bare essentials. The rest will come when it comes. Two days to prepare, I beg, who is balling like dat in the middle of the month, in the middle of the pandemic? I’m sorry I meant Me, I am not balling like dat in the middle of the month, The budget is already at capacity.

I am complaining yeah, but let me tell you. When we drove into school the first thing I saw was the little ones playing on the swings and seesaw and for a split second I was washed over by joy. As if in that moment everything was back to normal. I felt the weight of the last 7 months lift and a spirit of normalcy, albeit for a split second, but it was a welcome feeling. To be able to see children play again is something I never would have thought I would be elated to see. It’s very hard to explain. As you might have guessed this is a boarding school. Parents were not allowed in any other space but the parking lot. We took out his stuff and the staff took over from there. There proceeded awkward hugs in the car park, kaili the friends are watching and he had to maintain a level of coolness. Then that was it. I left. I’ll tell you what when I got home, I just crawled into bed and slept. My sleep was so deep as if I had not slept in months. There was no worries, you know. Nothing to think about. No cooking, no entertaining, …. Just nothing but sleep. Eish.

How has it been for you to send your kids bac