Isn’t it true that things don’t exist unless there are questions about them? It is in 2010 when a young boy asked me whether small boys could be accepted as brothers. At first I thought he was talking about himself. I asked him if he wanted to become a brother and he cheekily said, “No, am asking because of that boy” pointing at Br. Steve. It was at that time it occurred to me for the first time that surely Steve looks boyishly young. With that question, as if suddenly, Steve started “existing” in my world.
He belongs to this generation of instant stuff; instant food, instant knowledge, instant friends and I guess even instant brother. Just the other day Bro. Evans was explaining to us how they fatten oxen in some central part of Kenya. Well, he said that they relieve the bull some of its vital force and it grows instantly. At that time we started wondering, ‘could we possibly do that to those tall dwarfs like me who don’t seem to respond to the grace of height.’ Steve commented to that saying, “hiyo ndio tunaita instant thinking” as he burst into hearty laugh prompting the whole table to burst into laughter. Now I understand why it is so possible for him to stick to almost, if not all, social networks – you need instant thinking to instantly respond to messages on whatsapp, facebook, twoo, tweeter and so forth, all at a go!