Friday, January 18, 2008

Finding Joy

I've received emails from people I've never met, who don't care what tribe I am, how I voted or if I voted. They've offered me shelter (should I need it), hugs (because I need them), prayers (because we all need them), and drinks (because... oh, you get the picture). I felt better. A bit wobbly, but I was getting there.

Then today I went to the supermarket. And a man who is "from my tribe" elbowed me, shoved me, and I slipped and almost fell. Then this other dude that I'd never seen before - who is from "that other tribe" - grabbed my elbow. Steadied me. Picked up my groceries from the floor. I thanked him. He smiled and said:

"But I was right here. I couldn't let you fall."

Just that. And I was back in love.



I'm back. And I still believe.

32 Comments:

Anonymous Baz said...

"I was right here. I couldn't let you fall."

That is the greatest T-shirt of them all.

I am so glad your hallelujah kitteh is back. Don't ever lose faith. We won't let you fall either.

19 January, 2008 14:58  
Anonymous tumwijuke said...

Yay for the new found joy. Welcome back.

22 January, 2008 06:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!! Am with Baz - best line ever!! Should you feel the need to 'stalk' this guy, i shall totally understand....

22 January, 2008 10:52  
Blogger Maua said...

Baz, the T-shirt, I need it.

KC, I need that guy from the 'other tribe', I'm beat and need to get up.

'My tribe', they still make me cry.

22 January, 2008 17:10  
Blogger joyunspeakable said...

don't close the door to the guy of your tribe. he was in a hurry to make a few extra coins. he may have been aware that unless he moved like a collosus...more like our citi hoppa's....he did not have a chance...or perhaps, his goal was to make his girl happy. she was eagerly waiting in the house, car or wherever...she had given him orders for which to shop...for a long moment he had passed through his biasharas...and the orders had been forgotten....he had to make for it. sorry kc, he did not see you. he is like any other man. we never multitask. when we try, it is disaster...only this time it was you on the reciving end...

25 January, 2008 16:02  
Anonymous Cheri said...

Ditto Baz, we were here. Always.

30 January, 2008 03:05  
Anonymous modo glad to be back said...

she's back!

interesting how the ones who help are the 'enemies', so to speak.

now off to catch up. LOL at baz.

31 January, 2008 19:13  
Blogger DeTamble said...

wow, gotta be one of the nicest guys ever! If only more people were that nice. was he cute? not that it really matters, but it's always a bonus.

01 February, 2008 11:49  
Blogger The 27th Comrade said...

Hi, KC.

I will hesitate to get mushy about Kenya, because I just may be acting weird.

I want to know whether you don't consider the naive, fussy attention of people who, until some hours ago, couldn't locate Kenya on the map of East Africa a bit debasing.

Long sentence. Lemme clear up: I remember you saying this kind of attention was good and all. But now you may have seen that it is almost uniformly-naive whenever it happens. Superficial, and only good for asserting a superiority of the watchers. In short: do you want the Americans `analysing' Kenya's situation? If not, haven't you come round to seeing it my way, the way you once railed* against?

* Railed. Railed, not Railad. :o)

01 February, 2008 16:22  
Anonymous Cheri said...

It's always the little things.

07 February, 2008 16:15  
Blogger The 27th Comrade said...

Hi, KC. I saw your comment on my blog, and I replied. But, as it is, I am a tad anxious to make things clear-and-straight, so I will post it here (after all, it is in context).

Um, sorry. I think my post came across as a tad insensitive to Kenyans. It probably is. But lemme answer you:

So... let me get this straight: Kenyans are thieves, George W. Bush is a thief. Do I have that right?

No. I said: The Kenyans are resourceful people. Immensely clever. Their thieves and cheats can steal anything.
So, you don't have it right. I didn't say Kenyans are thieves. Read it again. I said their thieves. Every society has them, but none are Kenya-smart. :o) I'm Uganda's best, and I suck.
Just to be clear, you don't have it right. I didn't say Kenyans are thieves. Only that they have thieves among them, who happen to be good at it.

So why shouldn't Bush comment on the Kenyan situation?

Maybe because he can't spell `Kenya'? My anger is about people becoming over-night pundits about Kenya. They didn't know Kenya existed, some hours ago, and now they want to write books about her. That was what I meant on your blog. I remember you saying something similar on Tumwijuke's blog saying roughly the same thing.

After all, us being thieves and all...

Again, I did not say you are thieves. Merely that you have them among you. What I said about the Kenyans is quite the opposite (please, read it again, with an aim to see what I wrote):
The Kenyans are resourceful people. Immensely clever.

It's sad that every attempt I make at saying something where I get to ... um ... evoke a response from you, it (your response) usually borders on the militant. It's largely my failure, but I really like your blog (and I liked it even back then, before the post of the kung-fu girl kicking some idiot about the jaw). It's a shame I always come across as attempting to stoke a fire or something. It isn't the case. I just asked for your opinion because I had seen half of it on Tum's blog, and it made lots of sense.

08 February, 2008 11:47  
Blogger gishungwa said...

that was a lovely post, made my day whats left of it. Welcome back.

12 February, 2008 15:41  
Blogger Johnny Virgil said...

I don't know anything about kenya, but I know I'd buy you a drink if I could.

16 February, 2008 08:05  
Blogger phassie said...

Welcome Home! You were never gone!

16 February, 2008 22:20  
Blogger Maua said...

KC, si u come back woiye.

19 February, 2008 12:54  
Blogger Carlo said...

Personally, I'm tired of KC's false hopes. She puts up a post and says she's back. Then she disappears. Girl, I'm tired of typing in howdid... only to find the same old post. Oh, did you notice a guy picking you up on your comments? Johnny Virgil? Si you see what he has to offer no? Come back please.

20 February, 2008 14:19  
Anonymous Archer said...

You've been tagged! Details on my blog.

25 February, 2008 14:57  
Blogger joyunspeakable said...

you've been tagged.....

25 February, 2008 17:45  
Blogger Mo Maalim said...

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07 March, 2008 10:09  
Blogger joyunspeakable said...

has anyone thought that this blogger could have been affected by the clashes? is there possibility that KC is deeply in danger?

08 March, 2008 11:37  
Blogger DeTamble said...

I don't think KC is in danger, she just commented on Insomniacs blog the other day. She's probably just being lazy.

15 March, 2008 06:18  
Blogger Uzezi said...

making my presence known chick. got ur link from joyunspeakable. had to read all the way down ur blog. u sound like fun and interesting. i will be back.

good to have someone pick u up when u fall.

14 April, 2008 16:47  
Anonymous boyfulani said...

welcome back.

02 May, 2008 20:47  
Blogger SisBigBones said...

Hope you're doing well after all the madness. Just stopped by to show some luv.

22 May, 2008 18:54  
OpenID mweusi said...

whose this right here??????

28 May, 2008 16:00  
Blogger Frankie said...

thought this post was a long time ago, i thought i might want to pass by and show some groupie love, then ask, where didja go?

30 May, 2008 16:17  
Anonymous 31337 said...

thanks for visiting. be sure to be back for more. debate too!

31 July, 2008 16:58  
Anonymous mali said...

UKO WAPI???????? UKO SAWA?????????

04 August, 2008 15:11  
Blogger Mwendwa Mbaabu said...

i never understand tribalism. someone being from your tribe does not mean they will give a leg or arm for you, we are all humans created by God, i dont undertsnad tribalism

19 August, 2008 12:27  
Blogger Screamer said...

Amen.

27 March, 2009 11:35  
Blogger gladys said...

i love ur blog

14 April, 2009 23:48  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Interesting.

19 February, 2010 19:58  

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