It was sometime in the 1950’s and my dad was in the early years of primary school. He got home from school crying and went straight to his grandma. She asked him what the problem was and he said that one of the boys in school had called him ‘ngui ino’ (you dog). She looked at him and asked him, “Do you look like a dog?” He said no. “How many legs does a dog have? The fact that you were called a dog, did that turn you into one?” And she left it at that. 😅.
My dad speaks so fondly of her. Wish I’d met her.
This proverb is used to remind children that they are not defined by the labels that others may put on them. Along this journey called life they will encounter different situations and it’s important for them to know which ones are worthy of their attention.