‘I’ve just remembered,’ she coughed and hit her chest to ease it. ‘When we were young,’ she swallowed hard, ‘remember how people used to say that we Ganda women are property-minded? Apparently, when a husband dies unexpectedly, the first thing you do is to look for the titles of ownership, contracts, car logbook and keys and all such things. You wrap them tight in a cloth and wear them as a sanitary towel. When they are safe between your legs, you let off a rending cry, Bazze wange!’Her brothers laughed nervously.‘As soon as I realised that my house was threatened – pshooo,’ she made a gesture of wind whizzing over her head. ‘Grief, pain, shock – gone.’

via ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Commonwealth Writers.

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