Confessions of a Fat Girl 210: Thanksgiving

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November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving day!

I always love spending the holiday here with my sisters. Even though it’s a traditionally American one, in years past, my sisters and I always used the opportunity to be thankful for our blessings…especially the gift of family! After our mother passed away about 20 years ago, and with our father having drifted away to begin his own new family, we found ourselves all we had. Thank God for our beloved Uncle Osita (Chidera’s dad) and his family, who made the blow a bit more bearable for us. But as loving and kind as they were, Ogonna, Akwaugo and I have always known we’re pretty much all we’ve got. I guess the story might be different now, considering we have reunited with our father, and have two new siblings, in the form of Legachi and Marizu. But this time last year, it was pretty much just us 3!

I wasn’t in America with my sisters last year, and this year, Ogonna isn’t here. But Akwaugo and I were determined to make it just as meaningful this year. Maybe even more so, considering the addition of her beloved fiancé, Chiemela! Such a welcome change from her awful ex-husband, Kel!

So, so much to be thankful for!

This morning, we all woke up nice and early, for the traditional Thanksgiving cooking. No soul food for this Naija family oh! We instead always stick to the usual…jollof rice, fried rice, maybe a few funky sauces here and there, roasted potatoes, the standard turkey, some salads, and a few gorgeous pies Ogonna was always generous to make.

“So who’s gonna make us pies this year?” Zara asked, looking bewildered.

Akwaugo smirked at me, and I shook my head vehemently. Mba! Just kill that idea right now!”

“But you know you’re the only one who can bake almost as good as Ogo!” she pleaded. “If I should attempt any baking, na stone buns una go chop o!”

I sighed deeply. “But you know I’m trying to lose weight!”

“Babe! It’s Thanksgiving! Live a little!” Akwaugo chirped. “Besides, you’ve done so well this holiday! I can count how many cookies you’ve eaten. You don try.”

“Not like you that ate your weight, and then some, in cake and ice cream the other day!” I couldn’t help but tease.

“No, she did not!” Zara exclaimed, her eyes as wide as saucers and a wide grin on her face.

To Akwaugo’s chagrin, I proceeded to share the funny story with her teenage daughter, but mindful of not disclosing the nature of the rift she’d had with Chiemela. No need to traumatize the poor girl with that kind of information.

By 3pm, all the food was ready, we were all showered and looking our best, and scented vanilla and cinnamon candles permeated the house, combating the telltale smell of food Akwaugo was so desperate to dispel.

And almost on the dot of 3pm, Chiemela arrived, looking all dapper in a brown embroidered kaftan, bearing bottles of wine…and an apple pie from Kroger.

“Seriously?!” Akwaugo retorted, in her worst attempt to look angry, even though there was a smile playing on her lips.

“Babes, I know you can’t…sorry…don’t like to bake. I was just being proactive!” he smiled right back.

“Don’t worry, Aunty Ihunna already hooked us up!” Eze said, joining the banter.

Chiemela smiled and winked at me, and I could see what it is about him that appeals to both my sisters. Not only is he a good looking man, he also has a heart of gold. And it’s not the kind of combination you find everyday.

Just as we said the grace, and were about to tuck into our meal, the door bell rang. We all exchanged quizzical looks, wondering who on earth it could be, on Thanksgiving afternoon of all days! Getting to the door, I screamed at the sight of a very pregnant Chidera and her man, Okei.

“Chichi!” I squealed, enveloping her in a bear hug.

“Three times to NYC in one week!” she said, thrusting 3 fat fingers in my face. “You guys owe me big time!”

“Cool down! You know you’d rather be here than in that your dry town!” Akwaugo chimed in, walking up to hug Chidera.

“These are for you.” Okei said, handing Akwaugo a bottle of wine. “It’s non-alcoholic, so Chichi can have some.”

Akwaugo smiled at Okei, and hugged him as well. Their hug was a bit prolonged, and everyone could see it was a silent apology from Akwaugo, and a silent acceptance from Okei. All was finally well!

“You’re right. I would have gone crazy spending Thanksgiving in Fair Lawn. I’m sure that’s why Ogonna always spent her Thanksgiving here!” Chidera said, taking her place at the table. “And oh boy! See food! There’s no way I would have missed ANY of this oh!”

“In fact, it was the first thing she said when she opened her eyes this morning.” Okei laughed. “She said to me, ‘Baby, we can’t miss all that food!’. She even asked if we could bring some Tupperware for take away!”

As we all laughed, ate and gisted, I was filled with so much joy, it was almost intoxicating. In 2008, Ogonna, Akwaugo and I had been in this same apartment, but with only the kids for company. And even that had been short-lived, as Kel had picked them up by 5pm to continue the celebration with him. Today, as he carved the turkey, Chiemela took his place as the new head of Akwaugo’s family, and my sister looked the happiest I have ever seen her! And watching Okei dote on Chidera made me happy she too has got her own happy ending…hopefully! Crowning it all was knowing that Ogonna is also happy with her husband in faraway Nigeria…and also the thought of my own wonderful family, eagerly awaiting my return this weekend.

So much to be thankful for!

After Chidera and Okei left, and the kids found their way to hang out with their friends, I left the living room to give Akwaugo and Chiemela some privacy. Just as I was drifting off to sleep, my sister peered into my room.

“Babe! Na 6am we dey move tomorrow oh!” she said, her eyes twinkling.

I sat up in bed, with an equally wide grin on my face. Black Friday shopping!

Oh hell yeah!

 

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Whodunit?
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Accountability & Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: While you were away
  111. Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon
  112. Confessions of a Fat Girl 112: Putting yourself first
  113. Confessions of a Fat Girl 113: Fruit Crumble
  114. Confessions of a Fat Girl 114: Resting Heart Rate
  115. Confessions of a Fat Girl 115: Shishi, he no get
  116. Confessions of a Fat Girl 116: The truth hurts
  117. Confessions of a Fat Girl 117: Veggie Burger
  118. Confessions of a Fat Girl 118: Weight Watchers Porn
  119. Confessions of a Fat Girl 119: The Worst That Can Happen
  120. Confessions of a Fat Girl 120: Baby Dady
  121. Confessions of a Fat Girl 121: Not a Player
  122. Confessions of a Fat Girl 122: Fat versus Fit Brain
  123. Confessions of a Fat Girl 123: Aunty Caroline
  124. Confessions of a Fat Girl 124: Delete his number
  125. Confessions of a Fat Girl 125: Meal Planning
  126. Confessions of a Fat Girl 126: Food Shopping
  127. Confessions of a Fat Girl 127: The Baby Bump
  128. Confessions of a Fat Girl 128: Cavorting, Prevention & Spunk
  129. Confessions of a Fat Girl 129: The secret is out
  130. Confessions of a Fat Girl 130: Postpone the inevitable
  131. Confessions of a Fat Girl 131: Queen of Wishful Thinking
  132. Confessions of a Fat Girl 132: Fat Prison
  133. Confessions of a Fat Girl 133: Some time away
  134. Confessions of a Fat Girl 134: Taking life too seriously
  135. Confessions of a Fat Girl 135: Is this really me?
  136. Confessions of a Fat Girl 136: Soothing
  137. Confessions of a Fat Girl 137: Welcome to the real world
  138. Confessions of a Fat Girl 138: The Storm
  139. Confessions of a Fat Girl 139: Head up!
  140. Confessions of a Fat Girl 140: Half-Year Check
  141. Confessions of a Fat Girl 141: Leave him for his wife
  142. Confessions of a Fat Girl 142: The Plan
  143. Confessions of a Fat Girl 143: Leave of Absence
  144. Confessions of a Fat Girl 144: A Convenient Life
  145. Confessions of a Fat Girl 145: Sensible Snacking
  146. Confessions of a Fat Girl 146: Choices
  147. Confessions of a Fat Girl 147: Probing Questions
  148. Confessions of a Fat Girl 148: Travel Arrangements
  149. Confessions of a Fat Girl 149: The best feeling ever
  150. Confessions of a Fat Girl 150: Not happy
  151. Confessions of a Fat Girl 151: Still Married
  152. Confessions of a Fat Girl 152: Heartbreak
  153. Confessions of a Fat Girl 153: You complete me
  154. Confessions of a Fat Girl 154: Make it work
  155. Confessions of a Fat Girl 155: Love Weight
  156. Confessions of a Fat Girl 156: Pretty Girl
  157. Confessions of a Fat Girl 157: Juice Fast Prep
  158. Confessions of a Fat Girl 158: Better this way
  159. Confessions of a Fat Girl 159: Eat the doughnut
  160. Confessions of a Fat Girl 160: The Stroke
  161. Confessions of a Fat Girl 161: The Hardest Part
  162. Confessions of a Fat Girl 162: Blame Game
  163. Confessions of a Fat Girl 163: A Cerebral Affair
  164. Confessions of a Fat Girl 164: An Epiphany
  165. Confessions of a Fat Girl 165: Regret…Healing
  166. Confessions of a Fat Girl 166: The Old Man’s Talisman
  167. Confessions of a Fat Girl 167: Party in the mouth
  168. Confessions of a Fat Girl 168: The last piece of the puzzle
  169. Confessions of a Fat Girl 169: Ogonna’s Plan
  170. Confessions of a Fat Girl 170: Casual Bystander
  171. Confessions of a Fat Girl 171: My own two eyes 
  172. Confessions of a Fat Girl 172: Leading Lady
  173. Confessions of a Fat Girl 173: Longtime Boyfriend
  174. Confessions of a Fat Girl 174: Bone Dry
  175. Confessions of a Fat Girl 175: Divorcing
  176. Confessions of a Fat Girl 176: Looking out for myself
  177. Confessions of a Fat Girl 177: Dispassionate
  178. Confessions of a Fat Girl 178: Making Amends
  179. Confessions of a Fat Girl 179: You showed your hands
  180. Confessions of a Fat Girl 180: Winter Wonderland
  181. Confessions of a Fat Girl 181: Love conquers all
  182. Confessions of a Fat Girl 182: Business Head
  183. Confessions of a Fat Girl 183: This One Won’t Hurt
  184. Confessions of a Fat Girl 184: Risqué 
  185. Confessions of a Fat Girl 185: Root Canal
  186. Confessions of a Fat Girl 186: No more excuses
  187. Confessions of a Fat Girl 187: Back on the wagon
  188. Confessions of a Fat Girl 188: Big Girls Club
  189. Confessions of a Fat Girl 189: Tired of being pregnant
  190. Confessions of a Fat Girl 190: Beef Stroganoff 
  191. Confessions of Fat Girl 191: Scared…Excited
  192. Confessions of a Fat Girl 192: An Older Man
  193. Confessions of a Fat Girl 193: Futility
  194. Confessions of a Fat Girl 194: Fluke Pregnancy
  195. Confessions of a Fat Girl 195: Naive 
  196. Confessions of a Fat Girl 196: Nowhere to hide
  197. Confessions of a Fat Girl 197: The Snob
  198. Confessions of a Fat Girl 198: Sweet Freedom
  199. Confessions of a Fat Girl 199: The Bribe
  200. Confessions of a Fat Girl 200: Humour Transplant
  201. Confessions of a Fat Girl 201: The Pressure
  202. Confessions of a Fat Girl 202: Tame the beast
  203. Confessions of a Fat Girl 203: Underaged Birthday Boo
  204. Confessions of a Fat Girl 204: Blame it on the Attitude
  205. Confessions of a Fat Girl 205: The Gown…The Groom
  206. Confessions of a Fat Girl 206: Aborted Appointment
  207. Confessions of a Fat Girl 207: Sugar Fix
  208. Confessions of a Fat Girl 208: Residual Bleeding
  209. Confessions of a Fat Girl 209: Catching Feelings

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