Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion!

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13th April, 2010

My goodness! What a WEEK this has been!

As planned, Ezioma and I set off for the States last week Wednesday (8th of March), to buy the stock we need for our business. We’d arrived Atlanta on the 9th, and had proceeded to stay with Ogbonna, a cousin to our husbands, and his family. Ogbonna has always been one of my favourite in-laws, and his Puerto Rican wife, Juanita, is just the sweetest person you can think of. She had willingly offered to drive us anywhere we wanted to go, so we’d spent the whole of Friday the 10th, and Saturday the 11th, combing through Atlanta, and its outskirts, hunting for bargains. And did we find a WHOLE LOT! We were able to get great contacts for reasonably priced children’s supplies (toys and party favours), as well as themed décor, rides and treats for the various fun days we have been contracted for this summer. Left to me, we would have spent all our time in Atlanta, but Ezioma insisted on checking out the other stores she’d highlighted in Maryland and Virginia, so we’d left our lovely hosts on Sunday the 11th.

Getting to Baltimore, we’d gone to Ezioma’s cousin’s house, and to say that it was the polar opposite of what we’d just come from, would be putting it mildly. And it wasn’t just the fact that the house was in the projects, compared with Ogbonna’s beautiful home in the high-brow neighbourhood of Dunwoody. No, it wasn’t just that. The minute we walked through their door, I literally saw dollar signs in her cousin, Uloma’s eyes. I could immediately tell she was one of those people who thought anyone coming from Nigeria was loaded with cash.

And I wasn’t wrong. The fridge was stark empty, and I overheard Uloma asking Ezioma for money to buy groceries, so she could “cook us some dinner.” I’d observed Ezioma shell out a good amount of money, only for Uloma’s daughter to return with a tiny bag that couldn’t have had more than $30 worth of groceries…if you’re to call a few biscuits and a few fruits groceries.

And even besides that, the family was just a mess! Uloma was supposed to be in her early 40s, but she could easily pass for 50! Her 4 teenage kids were from 3 fathers, none of whom was in the picture. And as for the kids, they looked…wasted! Poorly mannered, poorly spoken, poorly groomed…and possibly even on drugs. It was a real mess!

Ezioma attempted to apologise to me that night, and I immediately stopped her. I assured her that, not only did she have nothing to apologize for, almost all of us have relatives like this in America, so it isn’t something common to only her.

So, we’d gone to bed with only a few apples, peaches and yoghurt in our stomachs. For the first time in a very long time, I actually slept with my handbag tucked securely by my pillow. Ah, I couldn’t take any chances with these ghetto children oh! I was just grateful that we only had that one night with them.

The next day, we went to check out the stores Ezioma wanted us to, and we realized we’d found better deals in Atlanta. So, it was almost kind of like a wasted journey. We decided not to buy any items from there, but to instead place more orders from our new stockist in Atlanta.

That evening, Monday the 12th, we’d left for Richmond, Virginia, and this time, checked into a hotel. Tuesday the 13th, we went to check out the stores, and were blown away by the deals we found, which were just as good, and in some cases even better, than what we’d found in Atlanta. Everything we hadn’t found in Atlanta, we were able to get here.

So, this morning, Wednesday 14th, we’d both driven back to Baltimore, where I immediately got on the Greyhound bus to New York. Chidera will be flying back to Atlanta, to sort out the shipping of our items, and from there, back to Nigeria.

My bus left at 10am, and by 2.15pm I was in New York. I was grateful I’d come with the very barest piece of luggage, as I’d anticipated Ogonna would need every ounce of luggage allowance I have, to convey all the things for her wedding. Taking a cab, I was soon at Akwaugo’s Manhattan apartment. Even though she was at work, Ogonna had arrived New York earlier this morning, and happily let me into the apartment.

As usual, my sister and I hugged like we hadn’t seen each other in years, and not just a few weeks. And when Akwaugo returned from work, the hugging and screaming continued.

We’d had a wonderful family meal, with Akwaugo’s kids too, after which the 3 of us had sat in the living room, gisting and reminiscing. Ifeanyi left for Nigeria immediately after Easter, and Ogonna has been suffering her first withdrawal symptoms, after never having been separated from him since they got together. Akwaugo, on the other hand, was teased relentlessly about Zach, and when we’d asked if we would finally meet him this week, she gave the most non-committal of answers. I can’t say I’m surprised, as I honestly haven’t been nursing any hopes of meeting this ‘boyfriend’ of hers anytime soon.

So, tomorrow, off we go to Kleinfeld for Ogonna’s final fitting! I’m as excited as if I’ll be seeing the dress for the very first time! I can’t wait!!!!

 

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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

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