Zelda the Zebra Stories
Hi! Guess who I am. My name is Zenia the little Zebra. That’s me in the picture. Zelda is my Grandmother. I love to play with her and then she gives me a snack. We eat grass, it’s so good. She said I could tell you the next stories about the adventures of Pa and Gema. I guess you already know they lost their suitcases at the airport. Wow! They didn’t have any clean clothes for 5 days. But today they are soooo happy because a friend of George got their bags for them.
But that’s not what I wanted to tell you about today. I want to tell you all about your Kenya Kousin, Michelle. She has grown up a lot since Pa and Gema saw her last year. But when they got to her house she recognized them right away. She gave them lots of hugs and kisses. She is still giving them lots of hugs and kisses all the time. Pa and Gema are happy because it helps them not to miss you too bad. They hope you have village grandpa’s and grandma’s to hug and kiss you too. But there are none like you anywhere in the world and they love you the most.
Let me tell you about Michelle, your Kenya Kousin. She is a big girl and she’s 2 ½ years old. She laughs a lot and it is so funny when she talks because she speaks English AND Swahili!! She says, “how war you?” all day long. We are teaching her more English so we can talk to her and she is teaching us Swahili. Like “Habari gani”. That means how are you in Swahili. She likes to eat. This morning when Gema was making egg sandwiches for breakfast Kenya Kousin Michelle came into the kitchen. Gema gave her a piece of cheese and her eyes, got REAL big and she said “ummmmmmmm!!” Then her mother, Nellie told Gema she has never had cheese in her whole life! She usually eats porridge for breakfast. That’s a hot cereal like oatmeal and cream of wheat. It’s made with whole grains and it’s very healthy. When you get sick it’s good for adults too because it has lots of vitamins.
Saturday they went shopping with George, Miss Yahshannah, Papa Tabach, and Chloe to get groceries and things. Since they walked a lot and were tired and hungry they decided to eat at a restaurant. They ate nyama choma, kuku, that’s grilled meat, chicken in Swahili, and fried potatoes with spinach and tomatoes. It was sooo good! But then a cute little cat came up beside them and looked very hungry. She looked at them and politely asked if she could eat our left overs. So Pa gave her some of his kuku. After saying, “asante sana”, that’s thank you in Swahili, she licked her wiskers and left.
Sunday they went to the gathering and some kids sang and danced for them. Pa talked to the people and they were so glad to see each other because it has been a long time since they saw each other.
They went home and got some rest. They pray for you every night when they go to bed. Do you pray for them?
Kwa heri for now. That’s goodbye in Swahili.
Oh I almost forgot. Twitter says, “Jambo!”. That means “Hi!”