Of Coffee With Kintsugi

If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to these my tangle of words and ask you to make yourself at home. A moment of silence for my favourite mug, I am still not sure how I feel about that… is it normal to grieve over broken pieces of ceramics?

Broken Mug

Unfortunately I did not have any gold or even glue to put it back together again.

Broken Mug

Are you familiar with the Japanese Art of Kintsugi where broken pottery is mended with gold, silver or platinum highlighting the flaws? Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to hideaway.

Kintsugi Mug
Kintsugi Mug Pinterest

If you were having coffee with me I would ask if you think we can repair the economy with gold. Looking at the way things have been progressing with our economic and currency woes I wouldn’t be surprised if we suddenly returned to the gold standard as measure of wealth. Gold is somewhat timeless….

But in the meantime, teachers who have been striking to get better pay or more specifically to earn $540 in USD have been given an ultimatum to return to work by the 22nd of February or they can consider themselves fired. The government is already set to launch a recruitment drive to get new teachers to replace those who will have been found wanting.

Apparently, they are also going to recruit monitors who will assess the attendance of teachers. I am here thinking, I don’t know won’t that cost more than just trying to raise the salaries of civil servants but hey I am neither the Minister Of Finance nor Minister Of Education.

Inspectors to monitor teacher attendance
Sundaymail

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our president announced that he would be putting a stop to senior government officials who travel unnecessarily out of the country…

Cut unnecessary foreign trips
Cut unnecessary foreign trips

Interestingly, a few days later our president travelled to Brussels for the sixth African Union-European Union Summit. I guess it’s a case of do as we say and not as we do…. Like how just the other week the ruling party had a rally to launch their campaigns and when it was the opposition party’s turn to have their own Star Rally they were given extremely strict conditions under which they could hold a rally.

By elections star rally CCC

The message could have been that you can have a rally as long as you can make sure no one comes to it. On the yellow Sunday of the rally citizens woke up to police roadblocks and traffic was a nightmare, particularly for routes leading to Highfields were the rally was to be held. Some folk ended up walking to the venue of the rally.

Roadblock
Roadblock image credit @DaddyHope

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the internet was acting up yesterday and there no live streams coming from the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields where the yellow rally was being held. Some suspect the government might have throttled the internet in a bid to reduce the reach.

Netblocks released a statement on how the metrics indicated that internet service was degraded for many users in Zimbabwe. The root cause of Sunday’s network disruption has not yet been conclusively identified, but metrics are potentially consistent with the slowing, or throttling, of service.Netblocks

Netblocks internet in Zimbabwe throttled
Zimbabwe Internet Sunday 20 February -Netblocks

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our internet prices are going up again. *sigh* it’s bad enough that we get unexplained outages and of course the constant upward price reviews. If I didn’t know any better I would be tempted to say its like, its like someone is going out of their way to keep a curb on internet access.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that today was National Youth Day a public holiday established to honour our late president’s birthday. Remember those elusive buses we always see being commissioned, well, today I saw tonnes of them ferrying people to the venue of Youth Day Celebrations..

I received an SMS alert to attend the celebrations… a small part of me wondered where they got my number from and another was thinking how it’s my birthday tomorrow, too young to be old and too old to be young but hey still youth ^_^

Whats going on in your neck of the woods?

~B

9 Comments

  1. Wish you an early happy birthday and I wish your cup can be kintsugi’ed! (I have a favourite cup too.) The situational sketch sounds surreal, better to get that input via netflix and not via real life.

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  2. I think it is just fine to mourn a beloved mug.
    Back when I was in 2nd grade (I was about 8 years old) my best friend hand made and painted a bright yellow carebears mug for me. It was fantastic. Sadly, it was broken in one of our family moves and I still remember to this day opening up the box and seeing the yellow pieces all over. It was not a good day.

    But if we all returned to the gold standard, I’d be great with that!

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  3. Gold would look good on your mug but alas the damage might be too great. Happy Birthday, I hope someone buys you a new favourite mug! ☕
    Presidential elections coming up here in April, so that will be interesting as the last election was so full of scandal and drama that neither of the candidates from the major left or the major right party got through the first round. So in the 2nd round it was a choice between a complete unknown (Macron) or the far right. The rest is history.
    Interesting update on everything going on around you, politics is indeed fill of hypocrisies and strange notions.
    Have you tried Wordle yet?

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  4. Happy birthday B! I hope you will be fitting in some celebrating 🎉🥳 and you should keep the celebrating going for the weekend too! I wish the years didn’t seem to go by so fast these days but not much we can do about that. Lol 🤣 thanks for the coffee share too. It’s always great to read up on the happenings where you are!! Take care! 🤠🐴♥️

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  5. You had me at “Kintsugi.” I broke my favorite cup yesterday too. Like you, no gold, no glue. The internet failure rates are mind-boggling. Happy Birthday tomorrow. I hope you get to celebrate in your favorite way. I hope you get a new cup as a gift! ♥.

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    1. Haven’t gotten a new mug yet drinking coffee from a normal mug like a regular person tastes so bland 🤣🤣🤣
      Thank you for the wishes and visiting

      Cheers to the New month
      ~B

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      1. It does taste different! I guess it’s because it’s about so much more than taste. That familiar weight and shape of our favorite mugs after months or years of habit tells our sleepy brains “good morning.” And then here comes this other mug and…hmm. We know. Oh, we know. XD Here’s to a new favorite mug! ^^ ♥.

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  6. Why’d you break your mug? Breaking your favorite mug is devastating.
    I’ve learned about putting broken ceramics together with gold a few years ago and right away I knew that I did not like that idea. I still don’t.
    For the longest time, I felt like I could totally attend a ‘youth’ gathering. And then I started seeing specific age ranges for those… Let’s just say that they discriminate against people that are older and I should probably sue them for not being inclusive.

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