By CAROLINE NJUNG’E
Over the weekend, it occurred to me how my friendship with fellow girls has grow to be an increasing number of costly over time. As soon as upon a time, earlier than the arrival of themed child showers, all I wanted was Sh1,000 when assembly pals. This was sufficient to cowl meals and a drink or two. These had been the nice previous days although, and, no, the depressed financial system isn’t solely accountable.
These days, and I’m positive many ladies studying it will relate, one wants a few hundreds and an unbudgeted quantity for a procuring journey in preparation for a buddy’s birthday, bridal or child bathe. It is because each event has to have a theme these days. Some girls even colour-coordinate when attending their month-to-month chama assembly — woe unto you should you don’t have a magenta prime if that’s the settled on color as a result of you’ll have to overturn this Nairobi the wrong way up seeking one. It’s unforgivable to show up wearing any color apart from the agreed one, a significant fake pas that may simply get you kicked out of the chama.
For those who see a bunch of girls carrying pink seated on the identical desk in a restaurant, don’t mistake them for a bridal social gathering, they’re most likely a chama holding their month-to-month merry-go-round.
This rise of themed events signifies that my wardrobe these days appears like a rainbow; I personal garments in each possible color, lots of which I’d by no means get to put on once more. I as soon as attended a birthday celebration the place it was determined that we’d channel cowboys — blue denims, boots, shirts and cowboy hats. You must have seen me in search of a cowboy hat in choose pocket’s paradise, aka River Highway, a cowboy hat that, being a largely conservative individual, I’ve by no means worn once more. I have a look at all these items, together with a plastic tiara and flower band and I see cash that I can’t put to make use of gazing me, mocking me, particularly mid-month when most employed persons are compelled by circumstances to disclaim themselves the luxuries they take pleasure in with abandon on the finish of the month.
Oh, most of those themed events include a cake thrown in, which attendees are anticipated to contribute to. And never simply any flavour — because it’s an important day, widespread, low cost flavours like vanilla and strawberry is not going to do, it needs to be ‘unique’ flavours like Victoria Sponge or chocolate fudge or white chocolate and raspberry. You get the drift. A few of these gatherings are held within the girls’s houses, although many happen in upscale eating places the place each single factor you order is billed individually, in different phrases, the costs within the menu are sometimes tear-inducing, the place you obtain the chonga-viazi sort of payments. You, after all, can’t go into all that bother of dressing to the nines and never take , so some both move by a photograph studio, or rent a photographer to take flattering photographs. These on a good price range make do with telephone photographs — the concept, on the finish of the day, is to document the day.
Fortunately, the ladies I socialise with have by no means prompt renting a yacht to have fun a birthday or attend a chama assembly, subsequently up to now, I’ve managed to dwell inside my means.