MOVING TO A NEW FAMILY HOME
Victor was relaxing on the recently delivered sofa contemplating the joys of such a vast living space. His youngest son ran through the sitting room shrieking and tumbled onto his father demanding to be thrown into the air. His daughter was not amused, she was busily doing her homework. Jacinta, still in her office clothes but in a pair of house slippers carried some tea through, ‘I love our new home! So comfortable and cosy, yet spacious.’ Victor could not agree more. This was certainly the home of their dreams. ‘How was your day babe, another tough day at the office?’ There was a loud knock on the back door. They heard Alvin, their eldest son talking to the gardener. Alvin had suddenly shot up and he appeared in trousers that revealed his ankles and a good portion of his shins, ‘Apparently there’s no water so Vincent can’t wash your car.’ Jacinta smiled sweetly at her teenaged son, ‘Just ask him to check the tank.’ Njeri suddenly intervened, ’You’d better check the internet as I’m trying to do some research for my Biology project and there’s no signal.’ ‘And the DSTV isn’t working,’ added Alvin. With that the lights went out. ‘Oh no, I’ve got some lamb in the oven, Victor be a love and check the fuse box. Maybe it tripped as Lucy just put some washing on. There’s something going on with that new machine.’ Victor and Jacinta had spent a lot of money on their recent move; new appliances, new
furniture, some lovely lamps and a large rug for their sitting room. Those costs didn’t even
include the increased rental. Jacinta was desperate to add a few final touches. She had found some lovely material at her local market and had asked a tailor to come and measure to make curtains but the budget was tight. They had already taken out a small overdraft to cover the hidden costs that they
had not really considered.They had been saving over the last six years, both working full time and had just realised their dream of moving from their small two bedroom apartment to a three bedroom house with a beautiful garden and plenty of space for the children to run around. Victor reappeared looking stressed. Jacinta noted the change in his body language, his shoulders looked drooped and his head hung slightly. She understood how he always felt responsible for the family. ‘It’s my fault,’ he mumbled. ‘The neighbours have power, I think I may have forgotten to pay the bill.’ There was a shout through the window,’ Hakuna maji’ Jacinta looked at her husband so dejected and disappointed. Living in a large house was certainly much more expensive than they had anticipated. Perhaps now was not the time to ask about the new curtains. Njeri stomped through to her parents, ’Just tell me how I am meant to do my homework now?’ Jacinta suggested that she should go and get some fresh air, ’Go and play in the garden while we sort out the steamer.’ ‘I don’t want to play outside. I want to
do my homework!’ Victor tried to remain positive but he was suddenly panicking, did they really need this huge garden? No water, the DSTV, internet, electricity all not working? Had he actually forgotten to pay all of the bills? Jacinta’s phone rang. It was her boss, she had better take it. Victor watched on as his beautiful wife smiled and excused herself from the room only to reappear shrieking in delight, ‘I got the job! I’m head of department. Can you believe it? The salary increase is huge. No more worrying
over bills. We can go on holiday!
By Becky Gutsche