Hey there lovies!!! Have you given your parents their 'ten naira bread' today. I know you're asking yourself what this crazzzzzyyyyyy woman is talking about yeah? Well, thankfully I'm willing to elaborate. You see, as a teenager, I was told I was extra antisocial and extremely rude/Stubborn. I really don't know what 'they' are on about because I think I was one of the nicest, easiest teens ever but what do I know :) ?
So, anyway, I was in SS. 2 at the time I believe and had the greatest fortune of meeting a young corper, a lady, I'll call her 'N' to protect the innocent but mostly because her name starts with an 'N'. N was sent to serve at my school as an English teacher. She stayed at the girls dormitory and acted as the Matron(God, I hate that word) when the actual matron was busy. Well, as soon as I saw her, I'd decided I didn't like her as she took her 'proxy' matronly duties a little too far. The 'real' matron would do a headcount at lights occasionally and that was it but miss proxy was trying to enforce all the rules. As teenagers, you know most of us hated her overzealous butt and were like, "God, I have to spend an entire year with this?" So, you know I avoided her like a plague and tried my best to be verrrrryyyy distant when I said my,"Good Mornings" , made sure I didn't laugh when she cracked her jokes. You know the rebel life nau? ehen.... So one day, she decided to punish us for something or the other and was giving her sermon. Of course I had the blank stare into oblivion with my signature "Are you done?" mouth twist. Then came the life changing moment for me. She said, " You guys think you are the first teenagers on earth? I've been there and done that!!!". I gave her the side eye and in my mind asked,"ehn, really? how many centuries ago?", lol!! I was evil :) but anyhoo, she went on, "I was so rude, in fact, I was such a terror to my parents and thought I'd have them forever but my dear, at the time I had the worst relationship with my parents, God took both of them from me." Yes foxlettes, her parents were going on a trip, she had just had a row with them and hoped they would stay longer than expected on their trip and guess what? She got more than she had wished for, they never came back. They were killed in a car crash. She said, "I never knew their value till they were taken from me and I had to be raised by my so called relatives." Said relatives took all their parents belongings as she was but a teenager and the eldest of the brood and couldn't stop them and that my friends was when she understood what her parents were worth and in conclusion said, "If I'd known, I would have bought them ten naira bread everyday that I had them since that was all I could afford but at least my widows mite would show them how much I cared for no matter how much I screamed at their funeral, they could not hear me." People, at that very moment, my heart skipped a beat, I thought about my parents and imagined what it would be like to lose them. My heart started beating very fast and all of a sudden, my very hardened, teenage heart melted. She didn't seem very evil anymore, in fact, I wanted to get up, run to her and give her a hug,for my people...this moment changed my life. That weekend, I escaped home from school(story for another day.. one of my many talents was escaping home for the weekend and my parents were my accomplices' :) ) and went home for the weekend and of course my parents were shocked to see me(first time...I secretly think they were thinking, "has she been expelled for being rude?", lol!!!) I told them everybody did it(almost) and I just felt home sick and they were like, "awwww".
So why did I spend some of my life's minutes typing up this epistle? Well, wanted to ask if you'd been giving your parents their ten naira bread of course. I see them as our earthly creators and representatives of THE creator here on earth. If you haven't started, you're in luck, it's not too late. We don't have them forever so, drink of them as much you can while you have them, absorb their wisdom, visit them, call them as often as you can. When you can afford to, buy them something.. It doesn't have to be something big (hence the ten naira bread), just a little something to show them you care for one day they'll be no more but we'd know that at least, while they were here, they knew they were appreciated.
The foxy one signing out, that's as much as I can take right now... anymore and I'd be bawling my eyes out. Shout out to 'N' for changing my life, I hope we meet again... one day soon so I can tell you how you changed me.