Follow Your Husband

Conversation with a caretaker at a children’s park in Lusaka
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Woman: You are a Hindu, uh?

I shake my head

Woman: So you are a muslim? But you are not wearing a scarf on your head. Anyway, some don’t, uh? But why do you want to cover up your beauty when it was not even you who created it?

Me: My family is Hindu

Woman: And you?

Me: I don’t follow any religion

Woman: And that is your husband over there? He is white; he is a Christian?

If I tell the truth, I hit a wall.

Me: His family is Christian

Woman: Mami, follow your husband

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