by Kazeem Olalekan
B’ọmọ bá dúpẹ́ óore àná, a tún rí òmíràn gbà – Yoruba Proverb
The above is a Yoruba proverb that roughly translates: If a child expresses gratitude for previous gift, he would receive another one. My son will soon be three years old and I see myself teaching him to say his pleases and thank yous (or Ps and Qs). This is not simply to satisfy my human need not to be taken for granted but to teach him something more profound and spiritual. My case study finding demonstrates unequivocally, in my mind, that magic happens when we say our Ps and Qs.