Louisa dreams of winning the lotto on New Year’s Eve, but her joy is interrupted by fireworks scaring her son. Her mother’s concern and the comforting of her son spark reflections on the year ahead and the universality of parental instincts. She ends with a wish for a better year and a request for a dream interpreter.
The writer shares their familiarity with Limbe, Malawi, detailing the town’s high crime rates and personal experiences with theft. They recount being robbed while boarding a minibus and emphasize the importance of safeguarding valuables. The fuel shortage is linked to transportation challenges and increased crime. The narrative serves as a cautionary tale about remaining vigilant in unsafe environments.