Of Coffee With Peace And Stability

If you were having coffee with me, I would be happy to see you, I trust you know your way around and if you are new, make yourself at home put your feet up. Tell me what its like out there… Our winter season is over and August has been living up to its name of being windy. Nyamavhuvhu the Shona name for August loosely means the meat is full of sand (which in the old days would have been blown in while drying in the sun) or the -vhuvhu which could be from vhuvhuta a Shona word which describes the blowing wind…

Wind Blown Leaves

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that grandmother really loved her tea and wanted it served in a proper teacup with its accompanying saucer. She preferred it served boiling hot, but then would pour some of it into the saucer to cool it and drink from there… Daintily balancing her cup in the saucer she would dip her bread into the tea cup, it was fascinating to watch and for a while I copied this habit even though recalling this memory… I cringe a little. I prefer my bread, biscuits or scones dry and crunchy thank you very much.

Do You Saucer Your Coffee?
Do you saucer your tea?

Speaking of dry, there’s been a little bit of rain showers, which is all and good even though the weather cant make up its head if it wants to be hot and windy or cold and windy. Its also been ruining my plans to have a hair washday as every time I schedule to have my washday routine the weather decides otherwise…

It’s a bit nippy out, so I will serve the tea boiling hot… When I was used to have tea with my grandma and I complained that it was too hot, she would say “add more sugar” and like magic the tea would get cooler or at least sweeter distracting me from the heat. Years later during chemistry class I learnt about endothermic reactions that absorbed heat energy from the surroundings, the dissolving of sugar into a solution is endothermic.

Change in temperature - Endothermic reaction.

I wished my grandma had been alive so I could ask if she knew that science explained how dissolving sugar would absorb heat from the tea thereby cooling it. I had always put it down as one of those crazy things grandmas said, I guess there was buried wisdom in the other crazy things too, I should have paid attention.

teapot shaped country
Teapot shaped country

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our government seems to be trying the same formula in this teapot shaped country, though they might have a missed a few pages in the book of how to cool down your tea. When someone says their tea is too hot, you don’t tell them that the tea is fine and insist that anyone who says otherwise is wrong and a terrorist agent advocating for cold beverages and you certainly don’t arrest them for that or having a cook book on how to serve tea.

The SADC heads of state had a very successful virtual meeting and though they did not discuss anything about the Zimbabwean situation… A newspaper in Namibia carried a headline on how they had commended the president on peace and stability.

SADC applauds Mnangagwa for peace, stability
The Namibian

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the government would have us think there is peace and stability and anyone who says otherwise is wrong, like the Catholic Bishops who wrote a circular which has in the past week gotten several strong worded responses from the government.

“Government reiterates that Zimbabwe, like most countries in the world is currently grappling with challenges attendant to illegal sanctions, drought and the Coronavirus pandemic. There is no ‘crisis’, political or otherwise. It is unfortunate that the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishop’s Conference has evidently joined the bandwagon of individuals and entities seeking to manufacture ‘crises’ in the country with the sole aim of achieving known political goals.
Herald

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that a group of people who had been charged with holding a workshop to destabilise the country for being in possession of the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire have been acquitted. The arresting officer said to have seen the book was written “Pedogogy” and then searched in phone and saw that it meant training [not exactly correct, but anyway]. So he arrested them. *When asked what exactly in the book constitutes the offense* He said I don’t know, I didn’t read it…

Job Wiwa Sikhala a politician and Vice National Chairman for the opposition party was arrested on charges of inciting public violence meanwhile its been over a month since Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume have been in prison denied bail several times for similar charges. They tried to appeal on grounds of changed circumstances since the date of protest in question 31 July has passed but the state argued that 31 July is now a movement and if they are let out on bail will cause chaos.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the Treasury Secretary says the radical economic transformation policies adopted by President at the advent of the Second Republic, despite their short-term political unpopularity, are beginning to pay off as the economy is stabilising…

Well once upon a time the government also said there were enough fuel reserves to last 48 months, but here we are. Exactly a fortnight ago I was celebrating how they had said that the power situation had stabilised and we would have uninterrupted power supply till the end of the year, again here we are. Loadshedding seems to back, each day we experience a couple of hours of unscheduled power black outs, no explanation, no warning…  coincidentally, the power cuts started when the former Minister Of Energy was relieved of his duties. I am not saying anything I am just pointing out the coincidence. *Sips Coffee*

If you were having coffee I would tell you that our neighbouring country South Africa, eased down lockdown conditions and here’s another coincidence so did ours. The curfew hours have been shortened from 6pm-6am to 8pm – 6am and essential businesses can now operate upto 4.30pm from the previous 3pm.

So whats happening in your neck of the woods? Ours is peaceful and stable, inflation is at is at 837%. 8,6million Zimbabweans are food insecure out of a population of 14.4 million, health workers have been on strike for over 60 days now but there is no crisis here…

~B

PS whats going on in Mali seems a lot like déjà vu 

Mali's president resigns after being arrested by soldiers in ...
Mali 2020
Zimbabwe ZDF
Zimbabwe Nov 2017

19 Comments

  1. I could not help but smile as you described your grandmother and her tea sipping habits – mine was the same. 🙂 Definitely a generational habit. Interesting what you said about the sugar cooling the tea down. I did not know that.

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  2. Hey Beaton, I think you need a new laptop and generator so that the load shedding does not affect your posts. Keep the coffee coming.

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  3. I too love to dunk my toast into my tea or coffee. Just a little corner now and again. I’m smiling as you reminisce, such WONDERFUL memories!! ❤️
    Oh my, governments are peculiar entities. Nothing ever seems to make sense! 🙃 Sorry to hear about the power outages again. That’s a bummer! Praying for resolution someday there! 🙏 Thank you for the coffee and I hope you have a great week! 🤠

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    1. I was doing a spot of shopping today and I saw packaged bell peppers that were ridiculously priced, they were packed in threes a red one, a yellow one and a green one and they were labeled Traffic Lights Peppers 😂😂😂 but they cost three times more than buying three individually I supposed you pay extra for the creativity 😂😂😂
      I took a picture but unfortunately can’t add one to the comments hahaha maybe will add in my next post.
      ~B

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      1. Hahaha, that’s an interesting way to package them, traffic lights peppers! But crazy to charge so much for them that way, those sly foxes! Lol 🤣 I sometimes want to respond to these comments in WordPress with a photo from time to time too!! Darn it all….

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  4. Thanks for the tea. We have the same ‘practice’, so to speak, (dipping biscuit or bread on tea or coffee, but mostly on coffee here) from my grandparents and my mom as I guess it’s something that’s passed down to generations. I try not to make it a habit. “There is no crisis here..” seems to be the same thing my country is believing in. Hope the week gets better for us.

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    1. Its fascinating to learn that the practice is not uncommon and interesting how some habits are passed down generation and suddenly it becomes tradition…😂😂

      I have always wonders why politicians have this need to want to seem like they have everything figured out… I mean they are human just like us, it would be ok if they gave us honest talk like yeah we are having trouble with this and this and here is what we are doing or not doing about it and if you think you can do it better come through with your suggestions…
      But no they want absolute control or the illusion of being in control *sigh*
      Thanks for the visit
      ~B

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      1. You couldn’t have said it more simply. They seem to forget that they are counted on and the problems encompass everyone and not just their own personal interest. They seem to forget common sense and understand everyone’s watching them.

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  5. As I grow older, I find that some of the things my elders taught me where right. No, I don’t think they knew exactly why certain things are they way they are but they would just observe. It’s a great reminder to not discredit everything someone says just because they can’t explain why it is so.

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