we all want to live the ugandan dream ie. drive an ipsum, have a lovely family and acquire a house.
a friend of mine recently told me of his plans to build a house in naalya. the good news is, if he keeps shooting blanks, i won't have to deal with my land lord any more. the bad news is, he isn't building the house for himself or his family or ME (this is sad). he is building it for the house maid.
in this era where people work 10 hours a day and spend over 2 hours a day in traffic jam (parking lots), it is the house maids who enjoy the houses that people build so pain stakingly.
the house maid (boss lady) sends you to work every morning so you can make enough money to pay the mortgage while she stays home and watches africa magic which you pay for...she even calls you to let you know about the e16 error message alerting you to renew the subscription.
many people build houses with children in mind, but still, children spend most of their time in school; if it is boarding school they spend only 3 months a year in the house and if they are day scholars they spend as much time at home as you do. and that little time your kids spend at home (at least half of it), its under her dictatorship
granted parents work so hard, they don’t have time to respond the kids’ every whimper, and so the "boss lady” takes up that role too. you eventually find that your kids are closer to her than to you. you try to pick up your baby and it cries then you give it to the "boss lady" and the kid calms down instantly.
and when your kids leave the nest, you find yourself stuck in a four bedroom house where you are only familier with your bedroom and bathroom and she is familiar with the rest.
we spend 20 years schooling only to spend the rest of our lives unwittingly working for an illiterate.