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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