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Memoirs of young hunter

29 December 2013, 15:08

Memoirs of Young Hunter

It was Saturday morning  when  woke  up to Sound of barking dogs  , those of us who have who have been exposed to this  sound every  Saturday  ,  knew then that we needed to  quickly  finish our house chores, fetch  water  by  wheelbarrow  in the nearby river , take bath and eat our breakfast  and then go out to play ,  Saturday  has always been filled with lots  activities , from playing football barefooted under hot summer day to hunting , but this particular Saturday was the day we  agreed already a day earlier to go  on  hunting and  I made sure like all other boys in my village that I prepare myself for the journey that lays ahead . Hunting  is not for the faint hearted, it require speed , agility and  proper  coordinated approach amongst hunters but more importantly  it requires  an ability to direct your dogs , a rare ability that most us take for granted .

I had  a  dog,  we called it Holland , it wasn’t built like most hunting   dogs I know ,  but it was my dog and I trusted it enough to take it out for hunting that day , it was my  pride and enjoy . I didn’t even see its limitations in the  task  we about to venture in, until that fateful day , when  everybody  have gathered with their lean  cheater build dogs , did I for the first time realize that my dog is indeed different from rest not that  I didn’t know , but the difference was glaring , at the  back of my young mind , I started  to wonders if my dog  can catch an impala, a rat  or a least defend me  if I come under attack from  wild animals . I nonetheless  forged ahead despite my misgiving about its ability even the roaring laughter of my friends at sight of it didn’t deter me from giving my Holland a break , it is a dog like all other dogs , it may  be heavier , smaller build but , I was certain it will perform the task at hand. I    arrogantly defied my friends advise to take it back home, I thought they were jealous (I didn’t believe in it myself but I wasn’t going to admit in front of my friends roaring with laughter that my dog is indeed not suited for the job) . I told  them straight up , leave my dog alone , hunting is not only or the leaned build dog  only , I careless or should I say not paid attention to what will be required from the dogs, speed , agility , special sniffing ability , to sniff out the potential animal from bushes of which my dog had one out of three .

We met under the Moshwaana  tree(Thorn tree) at the semi-centre of the village, We then decide after everybody has arrived with their dogs , to then proceed to the bushes  where the hunting was to begin , but the constant giggles and passing of  comments about my dog  from my friends , was unbearable and they were starting to get to me , not wanting lose face, I continue to defend  my dog even about the obvious flaws that were clearly there for everybody to see , it was my dog , nobody was going to speak ills about my dog and get away with it , I defended it , manufactured lies about its ability , its special gifts that most of those dog dont have , I lied in their  face, to myself until , everybody believed that after all my dog may just be one to catch the Impala, I believe it , everybody after torrent of heavy convincing , believed me although with reservation . what bothered me most was as we walk , my dog will follow me instead  of being in front of me sniffing  animals out like all other dogs , I suffered  the humiliation of my reality in silence and defended my dog openly  and the worst of the day , the Impala sprang out from the bushes , as  I command it  to chase , it look at me baffled by the instruction ,  as if saying , you know my serious short coming when you brought me here

I wondered if defending my dog was worth it , my reputation compromises , liar I became , embarrassed  I was  . I still asked me to this day , what price are we willing to pay for certain individual or organization  , just to admit  when things are wrong and say so loudly without fear  , No matter who the person is, your friend, political ally, church minister, neighbor , president etc . What are we so afraid off  or are we?

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