The Observer (Kampala)

4 December 2012

Uganda: Recline - Don't Cross the Generosity Line

At 37-year-old Stella's shop, Joanna, 31; Sheba, 41, and Trish, 26, are flipping through a catalogue for Christmas gift ideas for their men. Stella is travelling to China soon and the girls want her to do some shopping for them...

Stella: Meanwhile, remember the lovely Skechers I got for Alur in the USA?

Joanna: Oh, those are really cool steppers.

Sheba: The ones I almost stole?

Stella: Ok. Drum roll, somebody... Nigger gave them to his young bro without even telling me!

Joanna: Who, Benji?

Stella: Yes. At the tea party I hosted last week, Benji turned up wearing them. My eyes fell out.

Sheba: He he heee! That guy really knows how to provoke a woman. That means he did not wear them even once.

Trish: I can imagine, but weren't they his to do with as he please?

Stella: No way! It is insensitive. Besides, I painstakingly wear some of the not-so-fancy clothes he buys me just to show some gratitude. But to discard of new shoes just like that? I almost yanked them off Benji's feet.

Joanna: Maybe Alur did not really like them?

Trish: Drama queen. It is not like he sent them to the people of Bududa. This is his brother. Your other husband.

Sheba: Trish! What book have you been reading? There is no analysis in treasuring gifts. If someone considers you special and they give you something, then treat it as special.

Joanna: Is that why you are still keeping that old handbag Mr. O bought you when you had just returned from Canada?

Sheba: Of course!

Trish: What?! I hope he even notices how noble you are!

Joanna: Sheba has taught me something new.

Stella: Banange. Does anyone see this the way I do?

Trish: I guess Sheba does. Really, that is something so trivial! Buy him other shoes in China.

Stella: So he can give them to his best friend? Nope.

Sheba: It is not trivial, Trish.

Stella: I am done buying him anything ever again.

Sheba: Don't, until he learns some gift etiquette.

Joanna: Or get him intimate things he can't share. Like boxers.

Stella grumbles that shoes too were supposed to be intimate.

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