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Topic: SICK (05/09/19)
- TITLE: The Crossroads
By Lusungu Muyangana
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I don't feel too good, Thandie thought as she pushed her plate away from her. The meaningless chatter about Wezi, make-up and shoes at the table came to a stop as heads turned in her direction. Thandi and two of her friends had been having lunch at a nearby fast food restaurant.
"Girl, you don't look too good," Rita spoke as she eyed Thandie closely.
"I think you are running a fever," said Joy as she felt Thandie's forehead with the back of her hand.
"What's wrong?" continued Rita.
"My body aches, I have hot and cold sensations and I feel nauseous."
"Hey, be strong. No vomiting here."
"Would you like me to take you home?" Joy asked searching for her handbag.
"Nah, I think I'll make it. Home is not that far away."
Rita's face looked almost relieved as Thandie got up. The get together had been planned for ages. It would be a shame to end it so quickly. Thandie gave her best bravery smile as she waved good bye.
She walked slowly down the road her wobbly legs carrying her one step at a time. Each step took great effort as spells of dizziness threatened to overcome her body. Trudging onwards she wondered whether it was bravery on her part or foolishness to have rejected Joy's offer. What on earth was this feeling? Why was she feeling sick? What if this was Malaria?
Halfway through the journey and her body seemed to give way to nausea. She bowed her head and with her hands on her knees she waited. Nothing came out. Weak but determined she continued her journey. This time she noticed Wezi approaching the crossroads. Plain unstylish Wezi with whom she had not been friends since primary school.
I guess I could just ignore her. I'm almost home.
Wezi waited at the crossroads ready to cross. As Thandie approached she noticed her wobbly walk. She heard her cry out for help as she reached out. Acting instinctively she grabbed hold of Thandie before she collapsed to the ground by the road side. With her arm around Thandies waist for support and Thandie's arm across her shoulder, Wezi led her home and later to the clinic.
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
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