20-06-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
One of the most recurring expressions that you feel at Malindi when you come across a man (maybe a certain age) who is engaged to a local girl is "... she is different from all the others."
There is no need to be practical in the Kenyan coast, just be "men of the world", to say it to Totò, make the military in Cuneo like Flavio, to imagine the scene and pretend nothing.
A baby-retired, grizzled hair, the blissful air, and the neurons a bit shabby by the sun, hand in hand with a steep, windy twenty-year-old Nairobi.
"She is different from all the others."
Meanwhile, this expression already shows a "defensive" attitude, a half-admittance that is known and distrusted by the Kenyan feminine universe. But only Kenyan or women in general?
So instead of laughing at the baby-retired, let's understand.
"All the others who apologize ..."
"Well, give it ... we understand. I mean, she is not the one-night adventure, the girl-known girl at the beach-party ... "
"Absolutely no! Meanwhile I met Jasmine in the bank "
"Already. He was sending money to his sister because he kept his grandson "
"If I can be indiscreet, how do you get the girl to live, allowing you to keep your granddaughter in the studio?"
"And that's the problem! When he arrived at Malindi he found work at a Swiss company as a bookkeeper, but then the Swiss (that pig) tried us and she was forced to lay off. "
"But luckily, on his way he met me! And I met her ... now we live together and maybe in a while we'll get married ... "
Let us reason. Apart from the story of the Swiss, we are in the presence of a singular meeting, which is not to be denigrated so, for the party taken.
The baby-retired and Jasmine are two souls looking for something, two people who can and receive what they need, which is also what makes them good with themselves, in the absence of other dreams and other possibilities . To be honest, Jasmine was born poor in Africa with a father who, if she did not, wanted to abuse her from the age of nine. He waited for his senior age to escape as far as possible from his reality. Six hundred kilometers, by the sea. The only weapon at its disposal is beauty. We have seen women in Italy make a career and then clean up the image, starting from far less dramatic situations. TV starlets are just the tip of the iceberg, for every football knitter there is a girl who trusts a senior Rai or Mediaset for forty years old? Why does he do it? For love? Or why is she "different from all the others?" Absolutely normal, therefore, that our Jasmine in the Third World to make money will occasionally enjoy some rich mzungu. And it is almost to be praised that he has not abandoned the lazy night of bad malindias, alcohol and easy gain. She is looking for a stable relationship that allows her to have a quiet and comfortable life. At least until the baby-retired has sufficient funds to settle it ...
And he? He also obviously needs a woman like Jasmine. Maybe because it comes from a bankruptcy wedding in Italy? Or why, despite having a fixed nail, at the bottom of his heart is a sentimental? Or even because he is in the first time in his life in front of the incomparable beauty of a black venue and, conversely speaking, whispering sweet words of love?
"If you do not get it, you can not know what it is. I finally fell in love with fifty-eight years. I feel like a kid again! "
Viagra does the rest.
She is no different from all the others, it is simply wiser and more realistic. He will also have his moments of sadness, perhaps his lover compares, but also knows that it is the only way to have a home with healthcare and television, a car and a bit more hope for the future.
Because in the end this world is never to be different from everyone else.
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