We ran out of bread this morning and Lawyerman wanted toast so, I decided that I would leave the house with Tobi when he was going to school. I would go to the cornershop while he went on to the bus stop to get the school bus. Anyway, I changed my mind and feeling all very ‘oh I love this my child so much’, I decided to go and hang out with him at the bus stop pending when the school bus arrived. I crept up to him and touched his shoulders from behind. He turned and saw me and he was oh so embarrassed! Please note that there was no one from his school at the bus stop o. The other children there were waiting for their own school bus so, it was not like he was with friend o. He was just standing there on his own but he kept on shushing me away like I was a stray Bingo following around. I refused to go sha and waited till the school bus came for him. Tobi, he refused to talk to me o. He stood there like he did not know me when I refused to go away. See this boy o… hmmm… being all grown up when he feels like and at that same time, he no dey joke with being cuddled to sleep.
On my way home after buying the bread, my mind went back to when I was in Uni and my mum would come to visit me in school. I used to be oh so embarrassed that my mum was still coming to visit me. And my mum, she always came to visit on a Thursday and go back on a Monday, thereby finishing my weekend for me. She would come laden with different foods. In excess so that my friends could eat. Stewed crabs were my favourite. And fried prawns… koret obe dinidin – fried stew and my friends would camp in my room and eat till their bellies were at bursting point. If you did not school in a Naija Uni, you would not understand ehn. When students in a Naija Uni saw free food, the way they would so GREEDILY eat ehn? You go fear. Because they do not know when they would be able to see good food like that again before they went home. The next day, they would be back to groundnut and garri. If they still had a bit of money, maybe they could have kose and doya (fried yam and akara). Or if they were extremely lucky and had a toaster from town, suya and bread. Anyway, I digress. They would eat and eat and eat then, they would jist with my mum a bit and then go to their rooms to prepare for parties that I would not be able to go because I would have to go and camp with my mum in her hotel in town for the whole weekend. You did not think my mum would stay in the hostel, did you? Kai, but I hated my mum coming to visit me. It was so embarrassing!
My friend, Ade told us of this funny story of when she was in primary school and her mum had told he that she was buying a new car and would be picking her up in school that day in the new school. Ah the excitement! Ade had told her friends that her mum was going to pick her up in her brand-new car and she was almost bursting with excitement. Anyway, the school day ended and they all went to stand by the gate to await the new car. In the distance, a Volkswagen beetle was approaching and Ade started making fun of the small car. She called the car ‘dekumagolo’ -covering a rat in a tin. And her friend all burst out laughing. My friend Ade is a very hilarious girl you see. She must have spoken about the car in her unique style that is always guaranteed to have the listener in stiches. They were al still rolling on the floor laughing when the car got to where they were. Guess who was driving this car? Lol. Ade said that she felt like the ground should just open and swallow her. Oh the shame! She refused to get in o. Her mum pulled her by the ear into the car. Double mortification. Lol.
Ade and her mum are now best of friends now. Which makes me nostalgic for my mum. I am sure we would be very close now if she was still alive.