‘Not Funny’

 

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When it comes to parenting, I have a coat of many colours. Sometimes I am the tough disciplinarian, then I get to be the best friend, at times I am very quite and collected (she doesnt interrupt) then at times I am the teacher, I can also be a good counselor. All this colours work out so well. I have to be all that plus more every day,  honestly I enjoy: Except the times I have to be funny and entertaining. I used to do so well, until she grew up.

My work entails keeping people entertained: Especially children. I love spending time with children, 90% of this time is play time. From what I see, they enjoy my company as well. They laugh at my jokes. They get me! We play silly games, sing silly songs, talk about cartoons and make fun of stuff. I get to be a child without feeling bad, I get to bond with them at a level they understand. Sometimes I spend the whole day making crafts with kids, I have so much fun with them. Until I get home , and I become stale.

Let me break this painful news to you in small pieces; the one person I live with is the hardest to entertain. Did you know that she does not laugh at my jokes? She actually laughs at how stale my jokes are. I customize games just for her. Sometimes I even google ‘jokes for 11 years olds’, they all backfire on me. When I sing silly songs, she shakes her head as though asking God ‘why did you knit me together in this one’s womb’ . It used to frustrate me, why can’t I make her happy? why cant I make her laugh? why doesn’t she get me? and of course, is she really mine? Interestingly my friends make her really happy. She laughs at my colleagues jokes, but if I were to say the same thing it wouldn’t be funny. I wonder, is it just me? Or  this mother-daughter stage applies to everyone.

Guess what, I still joke anyway. I find joy in how she repels my funny side. I even google dumb jokes just for her .I am the queen of making lemonade out of lemons. How can I carry you in my womb for nine months then you come out saying I’m not funny. Once I was singing the ‘hairbrush song’ and once she gave me that look, I picked a hairbrush and performed the song for her. She has no option but to smile. When my jokes are stale, I add three more, she gets so frustrated until she laughs. In fact, it has become a ‘thing’ in my house. the more she holds the smile, the more I know that she is entertained. when she walks out, i know that I am a hero! I have made it!

On this one, I don t need help, the best thing I can give my baby is myself. Just the way I am to teach her to embrace herself just the way she is. Hopefully in the next stage, the teenage stage, it will be harder to make her laugh. All I need are more stale jokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER THREE

3.0 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODHOLOGY

3.1 Introduction

Research design is the blue print that enables the researcher to come up with solutions to problems and guides him/her in various stages of the research, (Kombo and Tromp, 2006). This section will deal with the description of the methods applied in carrying out the study. It will describe the research design, site or location of the research, target population, sampling techniques, and instruments used for data collection, data collection and data analysis procedures and ethical considerations.  This section therefore focuses on the ways the study was carried out in order to fulfill the objectives of the study.

3.2 Research Design

The design of the study will be descriptive survey. Kerlinger (1969) points out that descriptive studies are not only restricted to fact-findings but may often result in the formulation of important principles of knowledge and solutions to significant problems. They are more than just a collection of data since they involve measurement, classification, analysis and interpretation.  Since the researcher shall be employing theories and tenets of exegesis and hermeneutics in the discussion chapter, descriptive research shall be employed.

3.3 Study Area

The Exegetical work shall be restricted to Leviticus 25 and the verses that help interpret the Chapter to give a clear understanding of the text and bring out the context of the text.

3.4 Population

The thesis will involve exegesis and hence no population sample will be used in the exegesis as the contents of Leviticus 25 are examined.

3.5 Sample size

The study will involve no sample size or sampling techniques used.

3.6 Data collection instruments.

Primary data will be collected from the contents of Leviticus 25 and social scientific criticism method employed to draw solutions to the problem at hand. The Hebrew Bible, concordance, Bible dictionary and more materials shall be employed to help describe the data from the text of Scripture.

3.8 Data Analysis and Presentation Techniques

‘Data analysis involves inspection of the relationships between concepts, or variables to understand the various constitutive elements of the data.’ Kothari (2005). This is done to determine whether there are any patterns or trends that can be identified or isolated from the data. The researcher will adopt a descriptive research in dealing with the exegesis of the research. The Library will be an important component to use  to draw the context of the text.

3.8.1 Exegesis

‘The term exegesis comes from a Greek word exegeomai which literary means to lead. Its extended meaning is to relate in detail or to expand. When applied to texts, the term refers to an interpretive exercise in which we explain a passage. Broadly speaking, the noun exegesis can refer to any act of interpretation or explanation.’ (Hayes and Holladay, 2007)

3.8.2 Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics is derived from a Greek word meaning to interpret. Hermeneutics is a science since it provides the logical orderly classification of the laws of interpretation. Hermeneutics is an art, for it is an acquired skill demanding both imagination and an ability to apply the laws to selected passages or books. (Osborne, 2006). The brief introduction and definition will be helpful in the discussion chapter of the text as the hermeneutical concepts will be employed in the analysis of the Chapter of Leviticus 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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