Vendors and respect
31 October, 2016, 12:00 am
The right price
I usually try to stretch the dollar when I go shopping.
I go around the market looking for the best buy and spot something that has a reasonable price.
I check it out and the vendor may say: “It’s fresh”.
But from my experienced eyes I know that the vegetable, fruit or root crop is starting to whither.
I have to buy more stuff so I buy that “reasonably priced” thing.
I take my shopping home and I know I have saved a few dollars, and I am happy.
Then I crack open coconuts and they are bad, cassava after being cooked is hard as nails.
Sometimes I wonder if the vendors could sell their wares at a lower price and get rid of them when they are still in tip top condition.
Just like a chap we call Q. He sells tavioka and one day I go past and he says, “Allen na tavioka qo, buka pepa.” (Meaning it will be fast to cook)
I take it home and nearly empty a cylinder of gas because it’s so hard.
Next Saturday I go down and look for Q.
The other vendors tell me he had moved to another location, in the market.
I spot him wearing a cap that almost covers his eyes.
“Before I can say anything he says, “Kumala?'”