After church, this morning, as we headed back home on our long drive, a conversation ensued between my six-year-old daughter and soon to be five-year-old son.
“Nii, guess what we will be doing when we get home?” My daughter began.
“When we get home, we will help Mummy and Daddy to get the things out of the car and then we will remove our church clothes and put on our house clothes, play and eat lunch’, ”Nii responded in a sing-song manner.
“Nii, you have left out one big thing we do after eating when everyone has finished their chores in the afternoon”
“We take a long nap!” They said in unison.
‘Mummy, why do we always take a nap after church on Sundays?” Nii enquired.
I smiled at the question as I tried to explain to them this beautiful ritual I have carried on from my boarding school days from years ago.
Siesta was one of my cherished times as the school slept on after lunch on Sundays. The tranquillity was priceless as we used the one hour of rest to garner some energy for the coming week. We could hear nature interact as the quietness was exceptional- the cry of the crows looking for some leftovers to feed on or the mangoes that fell from the mango tree by tap area.
I have carried on this tradition long after leaving boarding school.This ritual has lived on wherever I’ve found myself. I made a promise to myself to get my children into this routine and I’’m glad they acknowledge it to be a part of their Sundays.
And then, of course, we have our Fufu party later on in the day as the children appreciate their local cuisine followed by the much anticipated Sunday treat!