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Holidays with Grandmother
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Holidays with Grandmother
Writer: Violet Otieno
Illustration: Catherine Groenewald
African Storybook Initiative, 2015
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Odongo and Apiyo lived in the city with their father.
They looked forward to the holidays.| Not just because school was closed,| but because they went to visit their grandmother.
She lived in a fishing village near a large lake.
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Odongo and Apiyo were excited because it was time to visit their grandmother again.
The night before,| they packed their bags and got ready for the long journey to her village.
They could not sleep and talked the whole night about the holiday.
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Early the next morning,| they left for the village in their father's car.
They drove past mountains,| wild animals and tea plantations.
They counted cars and sang songs.
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After a while,| the children were tired and fell asleep.
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Father woke Odongo and Apiyo as they arrived in the village.
They found Nyar-Kanyada,| their grandmother,| resting on a mat under a tree.
Nyar-Kanyada| in Luo,| means 'daughter of the people of Kanyada'.
She was a strong| and beautiful woman.
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Nyar-Kanyada welcomed them into the house| and danced around the room singing with joy.
Her grandchildren were excited to give her the presents they brought from the city.
"First open my gift,"| said Odongo.| "No,| my gift first!"| said Apiyo.
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After she opened the presents,| Nyar-Kanyada blessed her grandchildren in a traditional way.
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Then,| Odongo and Apiyo went outside.| They chased butterflies and birds.
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They climbed trees and splashed in the water of the lake.
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When it was dark,| they returned to the house for dinner.
Before they could finish eating,| they were falling asleep!
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The next day,| the children's father drove back to the city leaving them with Nyar-Kanyada.
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Odongo and Apiyo helped their grandmother with household chores.
They fetched water and firewood.
They collected eggs from the chickens,| and picked greens from the garden.
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Nyar-Kanyada taught her grandchildren to make soft ugali to eat with stew.
She showed them how to make coconut rice| to eat with roast fish.
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One morning, Odongo took his grandmother's cows to graze.| They ran into the neighbour's farm.
The farmer was angry with Odongo.| He threatened to keep the cows from eating his crops.
After that day,| the boy made sure that the cows did not get into any trouble again.
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On another day,| the children went to the market place with Nyar-Kanyada.
She had a stall selling vegetables,| sugar and soap.
Apiyo liked to tell customers the price of items.| Odongo would pack the items that the customers bought.
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At the end of the day| they drank chai tea together.
They helped grandmother to count the money she'd earned.
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But too soon the holidays were over,| and the children had to go back to the city.
Nyar-Kanyada gave Odongo a cap,| and Apiyo a sweater.
She packed food for their journey.
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When their father came to fetch them,| they did not want to leave.
The children begged Nyar-Kanyada| to go with them to the city.
She smiled and said,| "I am too old for the city."
"I will be waiting for you to come to my village again."
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Odongo and Apiyo both hugged her tightly and said goodbye.
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When Odongo and Apiyo went back to school they told their friends about life in the village.
Some children felt that life in the city was good.| Others felt that the village was better.
But most of all,| everyone agreed that Odongo and Apiyo had a wonderful grandmother!
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Holidays with Grandmother.
Writer: Violet Otieno.
Illustration: Catherine Groenewald.
Audio: Sophia Goodwin
VT Software: AJR, NJA, TLG.
African Storybook Initiative, 2015.
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