Chapter 6

(3 hours later I arrived at uMlazi) 


Kwalunga : Gogo how are you? 


Gogo: Amahlala akhona mzukulu how is your father? 


(My grandmother is very bubbly but today she is different she is not her usual self) 


Kwalunga : He is fine gogo uthe ngikhonze. 


Gogo: It saddens me that I couldn't come for my daughter's funeral. 


Kwalunga : There was no funeral gogo. 


(She is shocked) 


Gogo: Kwalunga what do you mean there was no funeral for my daughter? 


(I can see that my grandmother is not well and I don't want to stress her) 


Kwalunga : I mean it was only us as family at her funeral It was nothing big. 


Gogo: Oh ok 


Kwalunga : Gogo are you ok? 


(Her face looked swollen) 


Kwalunga : Gogo why uvuvukele ebusweni? 


Gogo : I'm sick mzukulu wami. It's been weeks now. 


(My mouth gapes open) 


Kwalunga : Who is looking after you? 


Gogo : Myself (She softly laughed) 


Kwalunga : Gogo when was the last time Aunt Lulekiwe visited you? 


(She slowly shakes her head and smiles) 


Gogo : Forget about it mzukulu 


Kwalunga : Did you eat kodwa gogo? 


Gogo: Yes


(She is not telling the truth. She can hardly move her fingers then how did she manage to make herself something to eat) 


Gogo: Ngicela nje ukugeza


Kwalunga : Yes sure gogo. I'll help you to get to the bathroom 


(I pulled a duvet and the smell suffocated the whole room. I don't want her to feel bad so I just smiled at her and helped her up. I noticed her body was covered in abnormal lumps. She flinched

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she was in pain) 


(She can hardly move. Going to the bathroom is a mission impossible)


Kwalunga : This is not going to work.I'll see what else we can do. 


(I walked to the bathroom and I saw a plastic basin I filled it with lukewarm water and headed back to her room)


(Now my question is how is she going to bath herself?) 


(I don't know but I quickly remembered my father's words. "Challenges await you Kwalunga") 


Kwalunga : Lord give me strength (I muttered) 


(I started bathing my grandmother she used my shoulder to balance herself. I slowly dressed her up and put her on a chair and changed her messed up bedding) 


Gogo : Ngiyabonga mzukulu wami (She said tears rolling down her face) 


Kwalunga : It's ok Gogo (I said as I sweeped my gaze from her face) 


(I finished doing her bed and helped her back to bed) 


Kwalunga : I'll go and wash these (I said walking out with her clothes and her sheets) 


(Deep down I want to cry but I just can't. The "Men don't cry" idea from my dad really found a place in me) 


(I finished washing her clothes and I cleaned up the house) 


Kwalunga : Gogo what would you like to eat? 


Gogo : I can't stomach anything Lunga 


Kwalunga : I will buy you Amahewu then. 


Gogo : Ok give me my bag. it inside my wardrobe. Yes that one the green one. 


(She gave me money. I took her phone with me and I walked out)


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