Adire 7 (fiction)

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Ijeoma was at her sister’s house. Ndidi was 2 years younger, a teacher, and married to a businessman. Her children Ade and Nike were close in age to Ijeoma’s and they got along fabulously. Ijeoma saw her home as a safe haven. It was to her, she unburdened her heart whenever her worries became too much to bear

“Ij, the rice is ready. Shall I dish yours?”, Ndidi asked.

“Let’s feed the children first. We can eat later”, she replied. ”

Okay. Ade!, Nike!, Jonah!, Kevin!”, she called. “Lunch is ready”

The children flew down the stairs in excitement. Her nanny, Mofo, led them to the table and helped them get seated. Ndidi passed their food to her.

“Ade, say a prayer for us”, Ndidi requested.

He rose, clasped his hands and looked around to ensure everyone did too, before closing his eyes.

“Some have food but cannot eat. Some can eat but have no food. We have food and we can eat. Glory be to thee O Lord! Amen. Bless this food O Lord for Christ sake”

Everyone chorused Amen, thinking he was done.

“The Lord’s prayer” he requested.

They all recited the prayer.

“It’s enough, thank you”, his mother stopped him with a laugh. “Let the food not get cold, please. Before you ask us to recite Psalm 119”

Everyone laughed as they descended on the food. Mofo fed Nike, Ijeoma fed Kevin, while Ndidi supervised the older children. When they had eaten, they rushed to the play room to play with their toys. Mofo cleared the table before joining the kids. She would eat when Ndidi and Ijeoma had eaten. Ndidi dished their food.

“So, what has Magnus done this time?”, Ndidi asked, over their meal.

“He is your brother, why not ask him!”

“When did we become brother and sister? I don’t know why you feel I always take sides with him”

“But, you do. If Femi was half as stingy, wouldn’t you have left him?”

“No”

“Ndidi? You who loves good things?”

“I love my husband more than good things”, she bit into her chicken.

“This chicken is too tough. I may have fried it for too long”

“It’s fine”, Ijeoma reassured.

“Femi is not one to throw money around”

“Yes, but, he provides your basic needs”

“He does”

“Do you know that Magnus gave N50000 to his mom when we owe rent and electricity bills?”

“What!”

“Hmm. That guy is irresponsible”

“Don’t say that”

“It’s the truth. He spends so much on the specialist care for his autistic brother. Am I the one who cursed him with autism?”

“I pity that boy”

“You pity who? You should pity me! They cleverly hid the boy from me till we married. I would have thought twice. God favored me that none of my children inherited the thing”, Ijeoma snapped her fingers angrily.

“Deceiving you was wrong but, so is your attitude”

“Honestly, I hate that boy. I hate all his family.Stuck-up people! They live on Magnus’ money and leave us to suffer. If I didn’t have this job, we would starve”

“God is taking care of you, don’t forget”

“Shouldn’t Magnus have that responsibility? Is it God I married?”

“Take it easy”

“I’m tired ”

“It’s obvious”

“I have been seriously contemplating divorce”

“For what? Is he cheating on you? Beating you?”, Ndidi dropped her fork.

“Must I wait till then?”

“As Christians, divorce is unacceptable except on grounds of infidelity”

“Akuko! (Story!). Tell that to the birds. All these pastors leaving their wives, won’t they make heaven?”, Ijeoma asked.

“We are not to judge another man’s servant. I only answer for my actions”, Ndidi insisted . “Please, dismiss that thought. How will you take care of the kids alone?”

“Am I not already doing so?”

“Trust me, those living that life, will tell you they wish they fought harder. How can you look your children in the eye and tell them you left their father for such a flimsy reason?”

“You call it flimsy because you are in a happy marriage”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be flippant”

“That’s okay”

“Let’s pray about it, okay? ”

“I have been praying”, Ijeoma complained.

“I can imagine the type of prayer. Hahaha!”, she laughed. “Probably praying for his brother to die?”

“Is it not better? What type of life is he living when everything has to be done for him? Drools spittle on himself, bangs his head, and injures his caregivers? Is that life? O di ndu onwu ka mma (Living dead)”

“Stop it, Ijeoma! ”

“God forgive me”, she repented .

Ndidi heard Nike crying and got up to investigate, leaving Ij to her thoughts. She pushed her plate aside sullenly.

“Marrying this man was a big mistake. Look at Ndidi. Living in a duplex, has a housekeeper, a good car, a caring husband, and loving in laws. I deserve better”, she thought.

Chapter 4

Regina was chatting with Miriam, her best friend. They were at a birthday party thrown by 1 of the ushers at an eatery for his wife. Both of them were single, christian, successful, and pretty.

“These brothers, why won’t they notice people like us?”, Miriam began. “We were in this church when Jimi went to another church and married that girl. Tell me, is she finer than we are?”

“I wonder”

“Look at Disu. He was hanging around me. Immediately I helped him get the loan he wanted from my bank, he realized I am too old for him”

“Nonsense”

“Look at the small girl he married”

“My sister, I don’t know what is wrong with them. Pastor needs to talk to these young men”

“He really needs to. If I marry a Muslim now, they will say I didn’t have faith. Wait for your time, wait for your time: Don’t they know a woman’s time passes fast?”

“Jukwa m, m’ajuo gi( Ask me and I’ll ask you in return) ”

Both girls hissed as they turned to accept drinks from the waiter.

“How far with the hotel contract? Did you get it?” Miriam asked.

“Of course. After my 3 days fast? How would I not? ”

They laughed.

“God has been faithful to us though. I won’t apologize for my success”

“Don’t mind those who say we are intimidating”

“Aha! Do you know my aunt, Aunty Weruche, told me to trade my car for a cheaper one? That it is driving away suitors”, Miriam dropped her drink and slapped her friend’s thigh.

“Trade? My mom said I should sell mine and use the staff bus”

They both laughed.

“Why are you ladies laughing?”, Tom, another guest joined them.

“Ladies talk, sorry”, Miriam said.

“No, really”

“Alright. Do you think women who drive their own cars are intimidating? ”

“Well….”, he thought for a while. “If I didn’t have a car, I guess I would be nervous approaching such a lady”

“Eh, eh? So, what if her car is better than yours?”, Regina asked.

“Hmm. How did she get the car? If there is a credible source…”

“You don’t know her. You just saw her somewhere and followed her to the lot. Only for her to unlock a posh car”, Miriam pressed.

“I will retrace my steps and investigate”

“Diplomatic answer”, Regina smirked.

“Seriously”, he insisted.

“My brother, you are engaged to a girl who is in her final year in the university. Didn’t you see all the sisters in the choir with you?” Miriam asked

“You can’t tell the heart who to love”

“That’s just an excuse” Miriam mocked.

Tom laughed and beckoned to another guest, Dave. “Come and rescue me from these girls”, he called.

“Hi, ladies” Dave greeted, pulling out a seat.

“They have been interrogating me about Anuli”

“It’s not about Anuli. We only wondered who you were leaving all those faithful choir sisters for” Regina corrected.

“This topic again? ” Dave asked .

“My brother”,Tom shook his head

“Pastor addressed it during the last Singles’ fellowship” Dave stated, unbuttoning his jacket.

“What did he say?”, both ladies chorused.

“Neither of you was there? ” Tom asked

“We have been attending for years. Is it just this 1 we missed that will change anything? ” Miriam hissed

“Okay. He said brothers can marry from anywhere. So long as she is a Christian”

Both ladies hissed and shook their heads. Regina threw a playful punch at him.

“No wonder Arsenal keeps losing. When they have fans like you”, she teased

“Leave my club out of this. This year, we will break the jinx.They all laughed and rose as the MC announced that they were required to take pictures with the celebrant.

TO BE CONTINUED.

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25 thoughts on “Adire 7 (fiction)

    haryour said:
    June 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    nice one doc……. Its been a while, ave just been too lazy to comment *puppy face*

      drnsmusings responded:
      June 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Lol. Thanks for commenting. Don’t u know it fuels my pen? Winks

    uche said:
    June 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Pls ask these Brothers oo’ they will go to d’other churches n’get wives, while those of us single in church will be aging! Tufikwa to them

    Anonymous Chick said:
    June 26, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Lol… My own question is what stops Regina and Miriam from making themselves available to other guys too? I find it funny when I hear some women complain that guys in their Church marry outsiders. I completely agree with the pastor that a Christian can marry any other Christian Believer.

    Hmmnnnn, I totally get Ijeoma’s frustration. Some family members are simply financial leeches. She should pray that God would Bless her husband abundantly so that he can cover all his financial responsibility and also Bless his family so they can be less of a burden.

    And just by the wayside, I am a number one advocate and supporter that a woman should only marry a man that is better than her or has ‘foreseeable and extremely likely prospects’ of being better than her…..

      drnsmusings responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Better than her financially? Hmm. Interesting. You have to do an article on it for me

        Anonymous Chick said:
        June 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

        Yes financially as the breadwinner of the family. I understand that atimes roles may switch due to unforeseen or unpleasant circumstances but in my opinion a woman should never marry a man and she will start off being the breadwinner for the home.

        drnsmusings responded:
        June 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

        I agree

    Miss Ndi said:
    June 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    very lovely stories i must say, even though sometimes I (or is it u) get names n characters in the stories mixed up. I read “chords of love” n “attraction” and now am on “Adire”, and I find it difficult to comprehend how you combine, medicine(ur profession), ur kids and these beautiful narrations. Well done!! and yes please, keep “em coming.

      drnsmusings responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Thank u. It may be my fault. I do need an editor n these touch screens don’t help. Great to meet u

    Ezinne Ajoku said:
    June 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Ijeoma, the grass is always greener on the other side. I advice you look for water and fertilizer to make your own shine.
    Regina and Miriam, i feel you….

      drnsmusings responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Why r u feeling them? Umu Jesus!

    ABC days of being a mom said:
    June 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    This Ijeoma sef is not helping matters o…

    I laughed at the conversation between Regina and Miriam(lol at Miriam’s hiss). They should allow man from “outside” their church find them na haba. So funny! I feel for them though, body de find love na 😉

    niki said:
    June 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh…. you used my name!!!! 🙂

    realmixwell said:
    June 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I like this prayer by Ade, I must say. Wonder if I should use this next time we say grace lol

      drnsmusings responded:
      June 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Actually my son’s prayer, lol

    Feyi's Dairy said:
    June 28, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Doesn’t Magnus know his wife and children come first before his family? Ijeoma please take it easy.
    Lol I feel for Regina and her friend though, Christian guys should shine their eyes first on the ladies in their church before looking outside.

    dnddyon said:
    June 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Regina and Miriam are pretty hilarious!

    But why would a man not-approach a girl because she has/does not have a (posche)car that will get old/crash someday?!

    LaTanya Davis said:
    July 8, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I absolutely love this story! Thank you for sharing.

    Kiki said:
    December 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Well done Doc. Shouldn’t there be a page or something where I can see all the parts I’ve missed? Can’t find 4 and above.

      drnsmusings responded:
      December 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      If u click on d picture u shd getd earliest posts. Yet to add d latest 1 tho. Cheers

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