"I now pronounce you man and wife, you may kiss your bride" The pastor announced.The whole church went into a thunderous applause, myself included, grinning from ear to ear. I laughed even harder when 4 year old Feyisara tugged at my dress and went "EEEEWWWWW", as she watched the kiss. I picked her up and gave her a big hug before sending her back to her little bride duties. It had been exactly 4 years since all the craziness in my life happened. I went into a phase of semi depression, if we can call it that, after Mrs Anele died. I lost the zeal to do anything. Being a part of her organization, watching it grow and bring her fulfillment was all I had lived for. With her death, everything else died.
A chill ran through me as I listened to the sermon, I broke out in a cold sweat. Minutes ago all I felt was numbness and all of a sudden this cold chill accompanied by sweat. As I pulled my shawl tightly around my shoulder, I felt the immediate urge to throw up, I really needed to get out of there. Sope kept looking at me trying to find out if I was okay. I managed to signal her to meet me outside as I got up and rushed out of the church. I was fortunate enough to make it outside to a gutter close to the entrance and doubled over remitting everything in my gut into it. I burst into tears again.
"It's okay, I was just on my way out. Night was good and yours? How's the bump progressing?" Kola replied.
"We dey o, can't wait for it to drop abeg , I don tire" Said Sope, with a note of exasperation.
"Pele, unfortunately, I can't say I know how you feel. So whatsup?" Kola said sympathetically.
"Yea, it's about Timehin's birthday. I was thinking of doing something special for her. Dinner at her favorite restaurant with a few friends, not like she has any. Colleagues, family and of course you" Sope said.
"Mmmmn, sounds like a plan. But you know your friend, don't be disappointed if she goes off on the idea." Kola said, trying to open the door of his car.
"Well, I'd have accomplished my mission because I want it to be a surprise" Sope replied.
Kola laughed, "So what's the plan?, can we talk about it over lunch?"
"Yea sure, I'd be ditching my meal plan for today, yayyyy!!!" Sope answered in excitement.
"Riggghhhhhttttt, no one should blame me for the extra kilos o. So 2.00 pm? I'd pick you up."
"Ok, 2pm is fine, I'd be at work through the day. Thanks Kola" Sope said.
"See you later, bye" Kola said and hung up.Timehin was going to be 34 in less than a month and even though she was out of the country for work, I had been thinking of what to do to make it special for her. It was going to be her first birthday we'd be celebrating as a couple officially and that made it feel even more special for me. When Sope called with the idea of a surprise dinner, it fit into what I already had in my mind.