Wednesday, January 19, 2022



Our neighbor has a son called Kipla. He is a good friend of mine. I call him friend because we have had several exchanges of pleasantries when he turns out to be hanging with his botums around a corner I have to take while heading home.

His mother makes amazing mursik, and on Sunday, we asked her to send some over to us. As you would expect she asked Kipla to deliver it. (What are kids for anyway?) Here is part of the conversation that he and I had.

Kipla; Well, your hair looks so pretty. They cleaned it up so good for you. I mean, I can literally see your scalp. Can I smell it, please?

Me; No. Please, no. That would be so creepy.

K; Fine. You look good.

M; Thank you.

K; Can I take you to Glady’s for a drink?

M; No

K; Why?

M; For starters, I am not so crazy about chang’aa.

K; I would have taken you to town, but then you see, I don’t have money at the moment.

M; Well, I appreciate your honesty, Kipla.

K; It bodes well with me that honesty impresses you. Because I love you. Very much. I just can’t stop thinking about you.

M; It is called an infatuation, Kipla. And it will soon fade away.

K; What, you don’t think we can be together? When you’ll be forty-eight, I will be forty. And the difference won’t be screaming bloody murder by then.

M; I think you have been watching lots of movies. Listen, you need to first finish school then you can think about approaching girls. I’ll tell you what, once you are done with school, we can talk about you and I. Okay? You are now in form?

K; School? Pfff… I already stopped thinking about that. I am not so crazy about school and all that jazz. Besides, I have better things to do. (Whispering) Class seven, by the way.

M; Oh dear. Umm. Okay. That’s not bad at all. As a matter of fact, you have one more year to go in primary school and just four more in high school. You are as good as done.

K; I don’t see it that way, I’ll still go back to class seven next year. However, I’ll do what I need to do. For you.

M; Oh geez. If it makes you feel any better, we all will be repeating. Easy. No pressure. What things better than school were you talking about?

K; I love to draw. I began with cartoons and animations. Now I am all about perfecting portraits of actual people. I really don’t get why I should be learning about longitudes when all I want to become is an artist.

M; Look at it this way, you’ll be an artist with a great sense of direction. How cool, right?

K; You are a nice person. For that reason, I’ll do a portrait of you some time. (He smiles sheepishly)

M; Aaaw… that doesn’t build on what I was saying, but aaaw.

K; Okay, can I at least touch it?

M; What?

K; Your hair.

M; No.

K; Please.

M; No. Ah. But here’s a quick question. How did you imagine this would have gone down?


K; To tell you the truth, I imagined you would let me smell your hair. The rest would be history. In my head, we have done the thing severally.

M; First of all, eew. And secondly, the thing? (I say doing air quotes). Growing up, I always knew it to be ‘bad-manners’. ‘The thing’ is quite new. Have you been watching the news? Have you seen the thousands of girls who have become mothers at an age like yours? Well, they did ‘the thing’.

K; Oh.

Dropping the bomb.

M; Yeah. And you know, it’s sad our folks always tiptoe around it. So much that at my age, I still can’t say sex in our mother tongue. Saying it almost feels like a taboo. It’s sad they don’t have these talks with us. They just turn a blind eye when in reality, kids engage in sex way before they are eighteen. Honestly Kipla, I think contraceptives should be made readily available and parents need to take sex education more seriously. Three thousand girls got pregnant. But how about the ones who acquired STIs, UTIs or even worse, AIDS? It’s just sad.

K; What are contraceptives?

M; Uumm… Things you should know about before you start doing the thing.

K; Oooh.

M; Eeeerrr… Kipla, thank your mother for me. Tell her no one’s mursik has ever tasted better than hers. How does she prepare it? With mala?

K; I’m sorry, it’s a family secret. In conclusion, there’s only one way you’ll be finding that out.

M; Haaa…. fair enough. Tell her I said hi.

K; Alright. Bye.

M; Bye.

Apologies for last week, guys. The more I kept starring at the blinking cursor, the more I felt like punching my machine, because words eluded me. (I am one of those people who say machine instead of laptop. I also say feed instead of eat. Bite me.) Since I don’t like forcing issues, I decided to let the art come to me. I had a feeling you would understand. Nonetheless, I would like to appreciate all those old spots who reached out to ask for reasons why they hadn’t heard from Bortuber. Thank you, for keeping me accountable.

So long.

PC; Barutti Photography.

Do you think sex education is necessary for teenagers ?

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    Sex education is a whole new thing. Our parents never talked to us about them but who can blame them when promiscuity was barely heard of in their generation? We are on our own now. If we don’t take charge…

  2. Sex education is all what we can fight for but our society, syllabus isn’t ready to talk about. You can just check the outrageous effects of such.
    Thank you @Bortuber for shedding the light on the matter. It’s a matter if grave concern

  3. Haha, lenjiin Plang’at kotar sukul korong’
    Trns: Kiplangat should sanitize and stay at home.

  4. A very good read only the part about chang’aa with class seven pupil, I find it inappropriate.

  5. Good art bor tuber. We need to curb the early pregnancies ASAP. Keep up the spirit.

  6. Very true…”what about those infected with Stds. if 3000 got pregnancies. …Horrible… The story is Wow

  7. Sex education is important but very much overlooked.

    • Kele miten gilass ata plangat?

  8. A refreshing read in the sense that you were able to facilitate a talk on sex Ed to some extent with young Kipla. It’s sad how our parents keep turning a blind eye and completely avoid this topic yet in the modern world of today, children are exposed to sex at a much earlier age than during our parents time. Taking the same approach as was done to them is hence inadequate to address this issue. Sex Ed should be an important part of school learning.

  9. You want to freak out our parents. Start a conversation on sex.

  10. Good piece.
    Parents must talk about sex.
    We can’t keep pretending that all is well when young people are struggling

  11. We won’t forget our fellow comrade when he hits forty


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