DOZ Issue 36 October 2018 - Page 10

me?” she asked herself petulantly. She was not liked, and she was rarely invited to parties; and when she was, very few of them talked to her. If only she would realise that people avoided her because of her wasp-like tongue, hateful looks, and fake smiles. She lay in her bed one night and made a malicious plan to defame Zenia. Consciously and deliberately, she prepared a false report, and she knew exactly whose ear to drop her poison into. “She is illegitimate and not a real daughter of that family,” she said to Joni. “Who?” asked Joni. “Why Zenia, of course” she declared. “I bet you, her mother played around, but her dear husband forgave her and brought Zenia up as his own. See the difference in her hair colour”. Dora knew that Joni would spread this. Next day the rumour was everywhere, and Dora walked around with a grin on her face. Zenia noticed that some of her friends were not as friendly and while in the bathroom at school she overheard talk. She said nothing but came up with a clever plan. “Mom and Pop,” she asked, “Are there redheads in our family line?” Her parents exchanged looks and smiled. “Dearest Zenia,” said Pop with a grin “It’s time to show you the family albums.” He reached up into a tall shelf and retrieved a large box of old books. That night they all sat around the table pouring over their wonderful family history. Their family line reached back three hundreds of years, and she found out that on Pop’s side she had Scottish ancestors while Mom had British and Sudanese. Among the Scottish, there were many redheads, and surprisingly, Mom’s great-grandfather who was a missionary in Africa had married a Sudanese princess. Pop did not visibly have red hair because he was now bald, but his moustache and eyebrows had a reddish tinge. Throughout the ‘family show’ Zenia and her siblings could be heard saying “Wow. How interesting”. That night as she prayed, she felt that she should forgive « 10 DOZ Magazine October 2018 “ If only she would realise that people avoided her because of her wasp-like tongue, hateful looks, and fake smiles. She lay in her bed one night and made a malicious plan to defame Zenia. Consciously and deliberately, she prepared a false report, and she knew exactly whose ear to drop her poison into. “ Dora, as Jesus said. So she did. The next day in school she asked Mrs. Taylor, the history teacher “Can we have a class project so we can get to know each other better?” All ears immediately perked up. “What do you have in mind Zenia?” asked Mrs. Taylor. “I want to call it ‘Five Generations’ and would like to do displays of our ancestors photos and share our roots with each other,” replied Zenia. After consulting with the Principal, the idea was agreed on. The class agreed, and parental permissions were obtained. One month later the Five Generations was held. Interestingly, Dora’s line was as complex as Zenia’s. She had Dutch, English and Indian ancestors while Zenia’s redheaded Scottish ancestors were also seen. The project revealed X[H\Y][K[][ۘ[ܙXX\ˈ[][ۜ\[\[\ݙY[X[YB[ܙH[ZXXHY\] ܘx&\[\\]X›]YK[H[[XHX[YHY[B[\HH[]Y\[\[Z[H\ ]\H[]YܘHH8'ݙHHZYܸ'B[]ܛ\ [^HYHܙX][YH