Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World!

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23rd March, 2010

I truly do have the best husband in the world. I didn’t even have to speak too much English. He immediately understood why I just had to be with my cousin in this difficult time. So, we agreed that I would spend the next week with her. But during the day, when she’d be at work, I’d come back home to oversee my family, business, etc.

With the impending waka about looming, I had to be true to myself to realize that driving from Magodo to Lekki, and then back to Magodo, every day, would literally kill me. So, I finally gave in, and agreed to have one of JJ’s company drivers drive me. Yes, I don’t trust drivers, but I need to be alive to be of any use to my husband, kids, sisters, not to mention Chidera, all of whom really need me right now.

So, the driver brought me back to her place later in the evening, and she had been so happy to have me keep her company. I don’t think she thought I was serious when I’d promised her I’d spend the week with her, but whatever the case, she sure looked happy to see me! Of course, I had to explain to her kids why I hadn’t come with their friends!

When the kids had gone to bed, we sat in her bedroom, sipping red wine, and reminiscing about old times. I had tried to avert the discussion from Somto, but it appeared that was all she’d wanted to talk about. And so, we’d laughed about how awkward he had been in the early days of their relationship. His aunt had been Chidera’s mother’s friend, who had been desperately trying to hook her nephew up with a decent Igbo girl. As we gisted, Chidera and I laughed about when we’d seen his picture for the first time. He was anything but the suave, cool men Chidera usually dated. But when she’d spoken to him on the phone, she’d been bowled over by his accent, and, later on, the very many things they had in common. It hadn’t taken long for them to fall hopelessly in love.. The Internet was in its infancy, so e-mail communication wasn’t the norm, meaning the phone was all they had to communicate. And this was what they did for two long years. And then finally, they had met, and I remember how bitterly disappointed Chidera had been by his height. As a tall girl herself (5ft 11), she had always dreamt of marrying a strapping 6 footer, at the very least. But there her love was, standing 4 inches shorter than her, 10 on the days she wore heels. But her love for him had overpowered her disappointment, and soon, she made the adjustment and eliminated high heels from her life, just so that she and her husband would look more like a pair.

“I wonder if I can still remember how to walk in heels, after over 10 years!” she mused, sipping possibly her 6th glass of wine.

“Don’t worry, we’ll ease you into it gradually!” I laughed, even more tipsy than she was.

“But wait oh! So, you said that Kel actually came to beg Akwaugo, and she turned him down?!!” Chidera asked, bemused.

“My dear, even I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t! Akwaugo that was borderline obsessed with that man!”

“And all because of a white boy she’s dating in her office?” Chidera continued.

“Na so she talk oh!”

Chidera thought about it for a few minutes. “Mba! There is more to this gist! I don’t believe a random man, lest of all an oyibo guy, will scatter Akwaugo’s head to the extent that she says no to her beloved Kel!”

I laughed. “Chidera, you better believe it oh! Ogonna is there with her, so I’m sure she can confirm.”

“Let’s bet…this gist is not complete. And remember that I told you so!” then with a faraway look in her eyes. “I wonder if that will work for me. If I start dating someone new, maybe Somto will have a change of heart…”

I scoffed at the thought. “My friend, you better erase that thought from your head oh. This is not New York! This is Naija! The only thing that will come out of dating someone new is for your gist to spread all over town…and for you to lose Somto for good! Unless you truly don’t want him back, and until your divorce is final, you better forget about anything called man!”

“It’s so unfair! I’m sure it won’t take Somto long to get a woman to warm his bed…while I’ll be here in limbo…waiting for him to change his mind!”

I shrugged. “It’s a man’s world…at least on this side of the planet.”

Chidera hissed, shook her head, and made to reach for the wine bottle, for another top up, when I grabbed it from her. Considering she has work tomorrow, having another glass of wine won’t do her any favours.

“Kill joy!” she said, throwing a pillow at me.

As we laughed, I was happy that, at least for this first night, my work has been done. And as she sleeps soundly beside me, my prayer is that she continues to heal, and is able to get the closure she needs…and quickly too.

 

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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

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