Academic journal article Hecate

Grandma's Tale

Academic journal article Hecate

Grandma's Tale

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Grandma's Tale

-- Criança, quem brinca tom fogo faz xixi na cama!

-- Yes, grandma, we already know the story of playing with fire and wetting our beds.

It was somewhere small in South America, a lost tropical paradise for the visiting children; a place of hardship for the inhabitants of that small town. We often visited our grandparents during school holidays. A few cousins lived nearby -- meaning that we would have other children to play and fight with, and we wouldn't simply be overprotected all day.

Those were the best days. Wake up early to the smell of fresh coffee, bread and cakes -- all carefully prepared by our grandmother and aunties. My grandpa would milk the cow. I'd follow. Wouldn't miss my free, warm glass of milk for the world. Barefeet, big belly full of worms. Who cared? Because I was so thin, they thought those city folks never fed me properly. That meant that I could eat all that I wanted.

After breakfast, we all had our chores. The house didn't have tap water. There was a well about 150 metres from the house, in the back of the farm. My sister and I would take a bucket and a thick, long bamboo stick which we used to carry the water to the women inside. It was fun. I always found some frogs to play with around the wet area surrounding the well. We'd always splash each other with the water until someone called us. We shouldn't waste water, you see. With a full bucket hanging carefully from the middle of the bamboo stick, we would start back -- one end of the stick on each one's shoulder. Lots of puddles down the track, we would fill all the pots, the filter, the "shower" buckets and the tubs used to do the washing. Of course, most of the days, we'd find something else to distract us and off we went, playing -- our grandma screaming behind us: "Volta aqui, criança!" Maybe later, grandma. At lunch time, maybe.

The people in the village knew us as Meia's daughters. …

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