Mumbi and Gikuyu
By: Adam B.
Connecticut, Age 13
Mumbi and Gikuyu
Long, Long ago in the heartland of Africa lived a happy and loving tribe. In this tribe lived a hard working individual named Mumbi. The dry season was almost upon their lush savanna and much work was to be done.
One morning, Mumbi was collecting what water was left in the water hole when one of his friends came by singing and making merry. Gikuyu walked up to Mumbi and asked, ˘My old and dearest friend, why donĂt you put down that porous pot and come to make merriment with me?÷
Mumbi only answered, ˘I have to prepare for the on coming dry season and you should be doing that too.÷
Gikuyu only shook his head, ˘The dry season seems so far away and we have tons of time to prepare, but do what you want.÷ and strode off into the distance.
Later that day, while Mumbi was getting food to store in his hut Gikuyu yet again came by and said, Mumbi, why donĂt you take some of that uji and ugali and eat it with me now?÷
Mumbi only answered again, ˘We cannot eat this food because my family and I need it for the on coming dry season when there wonĂt be much food to find.÷ Gikuyu only looked displeased and walked away.
One month later, the watering holes dried up and food got scarce. Mumbi and his family were sitting around a fire in their huts, telling stories and eating ugali when there was a knock at their door. Mumbi opened their door and Gikuyu was standing there looking miserable. mumbi asked him, ˘Why look so grim when you should be eating and laughing at your hut?÷
Gikuyu answered back, ˘Because I was laughing and goofing off during the wet season, I didnĂt collect enough food or water for my family. May we come and join you for the rest of the season?÷
Mumbi looked back with a stern face and said, ˘I shouldnĂt let you in and I donĂt want to let you in, but I will let you in because I think by now you have learned your lesson.
Always prepare today for tomorrows needs.