A Villager’s Tale

I was born bred in a village. I am proud of my roots and I do not hide where I come from. It gives me the opportunity to self introspection, an acquired practice. There are so many factors that makes me love home especially the tranquillity that you experience when you are in a village and the joy that comes with it. The hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees and the flowers that make our villages so evergreen and beautiful.
I know most people think that villages are boring and slow and do not exude vibes and that we are far from civilization. That is exactly what makes the villages safe. It is the methods and the old slow systems in the villages that protects us from a lot of unwanted stuff. I mean for example we are protected from all types of scams especially online scams, because arguably there’s not much hype on technology.
As a village person, whenever I feel overwhelmed with the world’s troubles, I simply run home. This is more than “home being where the heart is”. Its home where I can find refuge, peace and clarity and mostly reboot my system. I travel there to escape the city and its rush, a place to quarantine from the harsh stresses of life.
Therefore, when they shouted Covid-19, I packed my bags and ran home. The one place that I would be less affected. I am not saying that the villages will not be affected by the virus, but they are less likely to be. I mean because how many people in the village travel abroad, on a daily basis, let alone per month? We only have one bus that goes to town and maybe two taxis. We are far from the airports, the sea and even tarred roads.
And, because I have kids, I did not want them to be locked up in a small yard in the urban area on a daily basis. I knew that they would have a big space to play around, when we are at home, thanks to big yards in the villages. No offence but my father’s yard can accommodate about 5 or more township houses. So, lockdown was not going to be a problem. The kids will be able to run around and be out of my hair and I will be able to distress.
Social distancing is a norm in the villages. Firstly because of the space and because we do not like hanging around in the streets too much. We also do not have too many entertainment outlets such as shebeens. Thus far I think in our village, which is relatively big, we only have three watering holes. No social gathering rule is going to be a big deal except adhering to lockdown regulations. Our biggest church Zion, has less than 50 congregants, and my mother’s church has less than 10. Oh yes, we had to adjust here and there but we doing quite well.
Our usual social gatherings that take place in a village would be a wedding or a tombstone unveiling which happens once or twice a year. Let us not even talk about funerals, a few days after I have arrived during the lockdown, we had the first funeral of the year. We had to be careful about funerals because in the villages we all know each other, so we all attend. As it is, chances are that you are likely to know the person that had passed on. It was only during the funerals that I felt the distressing effect of adhering to lockdown rules.
I agree Corona virus has affected everyone, including the rural areas but because of our lifestyle in the there’s, we still have some safety levels from it. This, I believe is because of the way we approach change, the methods that we use, the systems that we have adopted. Things take long before they reach the rest of us. So will the Corona Virus. I love and enjoy city life but when it gets tough and unbearable, I prefer to travel home to my village.
Georgina Mushi Soweto Sunrise News

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