After the choir recessed, I waited a while in the pew farthest away from the main congregational pews.The pew purposefully reserved for nursing mothers. This pew has been my comfort zone at church for the past six years as I welcomed babies number one, two and three.
With service over, I slipped out of the church room to say my “hello’s” to friends I meet only on Sundays.This custom as important as the church service itself.
Pleasantries are exchanged as we catch up on happenings from the previous week or weeks depending on when last one saw a family. For the mothers on the nursing mother’s pew, a special bond has been formed over the years as we encourage and support each other.
I headed towards the newly built children service block which sits beneath the brick manse.There, I met M ( a good friend of my daughter) and her father.
“M etse sen?”, I asked with a smile as I embraced her.
Then came a long pause, as she tried to find the appropriate Twi response to my question.
“I don’t think she knows the response in Twi”, explained M’s daddy.
“Ooh, I’m sure she does, let’s give her some thinking time and she ’ll remember”.
This started our brief conversation on the state of our Ghanaian languages. Are we abandoning them as a country? Will the next two generations have anyone passing the diverse indigenous languages to them. My heart bled as we realised that almost all the parents spoke English with their little ones. No Ga, Twi or Ewe was communicated between the parents who picked their little ones from Sunday school.
Will our indigenous languages become extinct in the next 50 years? As we continued to ponder over this delicate issue I asked him what our role as parents are in maintaining this distinct part of our culture. We owe posterity this much.
“Auntie TK, meho ye! “, exclaimed an excited M.
Maybe all is not lost, I thought to myself as I journeyed on to pick up my little ones with renewed energy.
“All is not lost”, I repeated to myself.
My angst dissipating.Much work still to be done.