""We have at a point in our childhood disturbed our parents so much that they wish we leave them alone to have their peace. Many of us are so guilty of this.
Yoruba parents in the olden days till the late 90s has a coup-like, non-compromising, well planned and unrehearsed method of ensuring “disturbing” children are kept at bay, at least to give the parents the desired rest. The method is called “ARODAN”!
“A-RO-DOIN” as pronounced is a combination of Yoruba words, A (WE) - RO (STAND) - DOIN (ABRUPTLY) which directly translates to “Stay where you are” in English is called “Arodan” for easy pronunciation.
Many times, the disturbing children are sent on errand to go get “Arodan” from mostly a distant neighbor. Funny enough, the message recipient is always co-operative as he or she instantly decodes the message and the line of action for such message.
It is not out of place those days when a child walks up to you those days informing you one of the pare
nt or guardian is asking you give him or her “Arodan”. Instantly, the recipient knows such child has been troublesome and needs a technical caution.
The message recipient instantly raises to the occasion, finding a way or the other to either delay, get the child busy or bored according to the message recipient’s mood irrespective of how hasty or eager the child is to get back home.
In some cases, such child is sent to a farther location for the said “Arodan” and each time he or she gets to the last person, just to buy more time for the parents such that the child gets exhausted and eventually hits the bed (in most cases) after the stress. The child many times never gets to bring the “Arodan” home as such child will many times be informed to go home after a long wait or directing and re-directing as the case may be.
However, Yoruba adults who have been played on while they were younger hardly explains the rationale behind the delay or time wasting prank in the course of getting the imaginary “Arodan” as it is culturally assumed the children are not supposed to know except they learn as they grow in knowledge and play it in turn on their children.
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