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There is a Yoruba saying that "Ile oba to Jona, Ewa lo busi", which means when a King house is burnt, it adds beauty to it.
Isn't that a crazy adage?
Nah, it is not a crazy one. You will understand why as you read through the article.
How can a burnt palace look more beautiful than it looked before the fire razed it down?
That's the beauty of the language, it requires you to think when translating it. Yoruba is one language that can tangle and untangle words depending on the situation of things, there are times when a particular phrase used to give a positive compliment would also mean negative at the same time.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned in my post on noise cash and also in a read cash article about something that happened in my favorite place of the house.
I had lunch late on that fateful day, I was really hungry that I just made the meal quickly and due to me been in a haste, I just took a small quantity of water to drink. After the meal, I took my plate back to the kitchen and returned to my room.
I became thirsty again after few minutes so I decided to get another glass of water, I drank it right there to avoid the stress of returning the glass if I had taken it to my room because I dislike leaving the kitchen kinds of stuff in my room. I returned to sit on my bed to write an article when I couldn't find my phone around me, I quickly went to check the kitchen to see if I left it there.
Few minutes after returning from the kitchen, I heard a loud crash that scared the hell out of me. I closed the laptop and rushed outside the house because kids were playing but everywhere looked calm. I asked if they heard any sound and they all said no, I looked crazy to the kids and was saying to myself, " Are you all right?".
I returned to my flat with the thought of maybe I was just assuming what wasn't real but to my surprise, the whole house was filled with dust when I opened the door. My heartbeat raced as I ran to check every room to see where the dust was coming from because it was clear that a part of the house collapsed.
To my greatest surprise, it was the kitchen. I went out of the house to catch my breath because I am very allergic to dust and I remembered sneezing all day because of the dust I inhaled while checking the room. I was glad I didn't hesitate to take my phone immediately I noticed it wasn't with me, it would have been a different case for me because it would have been damaged from the crash.
The kitchen had a concrete cover because there use to be a water tank on it before but I was removed when we felt that the concrete was getting weaker due to it absorbing too much water. I went back in to move my things out of the kitchen immediately to avoid more damage since not all the concrete fell at once, I was able to do it quickly with caution to avoid myself getting trapped in if it falls more.
I took pictures and sent them to my Landlord immediately so we can know how to fix things, the damage was beyond something I could repair by myself.
After seeking an engineer's advice, we were told that it would be best if we destroyed the concrete completely and convert it to a roof, it was a difficult task that needed an expert to avoid other parts of the house collapsing when bringing down the concrete.
I converted the dining room to the kitchen immediately since it was empty but I didn't find it cool cooking there because it made the sitting room hot.
The renovation started a few days later, the first part was bringing down the remaining concrete. The bang from the sledgehammer hitting the concrete nearly drove me mad because I couldn't concentrate on working on my phone and I was checking on the person doing the job now and then just to remind them to be careful.
Pulling down the concrete took a whole day and moving the stuff out of the kitchen took another one day, it was tedious work I wouldn't dare.
The carpenter also took time before he showed up but when he did, beauty was restored.
It didn't stop at that because the cabinets and some parts of the windows were damaged, the water pipes were damaged as well.
The plumber did a great job changing the position of the water tank since the new roof has affected the layout of the pipes, I and my younger brother completed the rest. We had to purchase some tools which might be useful for us in the future but I don't pray for incidents like this again.
We used the remaining woods from the roof repair to mend the cabinet, bought gloss paint for the burglary and emulsion for the ceiling. The job was completed today, we washed the wall tiles and the floor as well.
As you can see, the kitchen is set and ready for use.
I missed using the kitchen and I do be sharing my first meal after preparing. Right now, I am tired and need some rest.
The damage mandated us to repair the kitchen and it now looks better than it was before the damage.
The adage applies to our life as well, ask me how???
Setbacks, disappointment, tough challenges, and others are similar to the damages that happened to the building according to the adage but we must always bounce back stronger and better just like the house that got more beautiful after the renovation.
If nothing was done to make it beautiful, the damage would remain there forever. That's the reason why we mustn't fold our arms when some situations in life decide to take us down, we must ensure that we stand against it and come out stronger than before.
Thanks for reading.
(I am sorry I couldn't take some pictures and I was too busy to do but I am glad the job was well done).