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Exercise decorum in other people’s houses

By Hannington Mumo | October 15th 2012

By Hannington Mumo

There is no problem visiting friends and sleeping over. However, individuals need to conduct themselves with decorum whenever visiting friends’ residences.

Last week  a young man I have known for more than three years as a level-headed chap proved  me wrong. He was travelling from Kenyatta University to his rural home.

We went clubbing and finally decided to spend a night at my house. The following morning we engaged in a light discussion about President Obama’s re-election prospects. The know-it-all dude said Romney was going to win. When I told him that the polls indicated Barack Obama was widening his lead in the three swing states, he opposed my opinion and ended up calling me a four-letter word. The shameless dude did not even respect my wife and daughter as he shouted unprintables. I tried to calm him down but he prattled on, often digressing to other topics such as the two world wars and declaring me a poor student of history.

I was fervently praying for the floor to open and swallow me from the ignominious shame. It is important to carry oneself with due decorum when in other people’s houses. 



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