I was walking along our mostly concrete street when I spotted a thick shrub of bushes and hint of purple flowers. I immediately lit up and exclaimed ‘wild violets!!!’. Then I spotted some variety of thistle and dandelion. The next thing I was reaching out to pluck leaves when it occurred to me that I was literally in someone else’s front yard looking like a crazy person. No one in their right mind smiles at wildly growing weed on someone else’s property while muttering in excitement.
As I beat a hasty retreat, another thought had me laughing out loud on the street. Herbalism. While it might sound ‘crunchy’ or ‘alternative’ in other parts of the world, here in Africa, it’s almost always associated with the dark arts, mainly because of the mystery surrounding the use of herbs for medicinal purposes.
So you can imagine if the home owner had found me on their property and my defense was ‘herbalism’ 😀
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