My life went pretty normal from then, I prepared for exams, Serena and I went reading together severally, I also went with Martins who was in 400level Engineering, he was a huge support, I hadn’t told him yes but we spent most of the time together. He was in my room now cooking lunch while I read, Rebecca had gone out to read.
The room was littered with books and anyone coming in would know we were preparing for exams. It was the first professional medical exam to take us to 400 level and I didn’t want to disappoint my parents even though I was hoping for a distinction in one of the courses..
“Can I put more pepper, don’t know if you like pepper” he asked
“Uh..yeah..just a little thanks” he added more and turned the jollof rice he was cooking.. Rebecca opened the door and came in, she didn’t look surprised to see him
“Hey Becks..how was class?”
“Helo Martins, twas becoming crowded so I left” she said, she hadn’t said if she was ok with us, I hadn’t asked her but she hadn’t said anything either “Wow presido that smells great, didn’t know you could cook, why with all those sisters at your beck and call”
“Lol that’s funny” he said, he stood up”Its done..I have to go meet up with someone..would call you” he pecked me and went out the door. There was silence.
“You done with lower limb yet?” She asked as she took off her jacket
“Uh not really, still reading Embryology”
“Ok..” She went to the pot and opened it”are you guys dating now?”
“Is that bad?”
“Not really..I mean everyone has been seeing you both ogling each other at fellowship, its been pretty obvious” My cheeks heated
”and you approve?”
“Have you prayed about it?”
“Hmhm” She stared at me
”well this is your decision, just make sure you’re sure, hes a good catch if I may say..he can cook too wow?”she began to eat the food she dished out, I tapped on my note in thought, yes I had prayed about it, I just haven’t gotten a positive reply.
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“Dad …can I ask you something?” He turned his bible, we were in his study, I’d gone home on Sunday and we just finished having lunch, I liked to spend time with my father discussing scriptures and other things, today I decided to bring it up
”uhuh” he replied trying to read a verse, he was preparing a sermon
“Is it ok if I date?” My father looked up from his bible, then removed his glasses, I wondered if he would shout on me but he just stared at me then..
“Date?..why would you want to rush into something like that?” Great my father still sees me as his little girl..I was 21
“Well I ..”
“Boys are disturbing you” my cheeks heated, I didn’t know if I should be having this conversation with my father but I was really confused “That’s expected..just wanna know who the young man is?
” He’s the president of my fellowship?”
“What..what time does he now have chasing women?” I rolled my eyes
”well Dad..I like him and he loves God and..”
“Does he really..I don’t buy the idea” he put on his glasses and continued reading then looked at me “There’s time for everything.. Now is not the time” That went well… I didn’t expect anything less, he was my father, even when I was 30 I would never be old enough to date anyone.
I went to the market for my mother and returned, after putting everything away I decided to help slice vegetables, she was cooking egusi soup..
“You sure your ok?”
“What’s wrong..you scared of your exams..I told you to stop worrying” I was silent
”mom when is it ok to date?” I reasoned my mom would be more objective and condescending, but she turned and gave me her full attention
“Who’s been filling your head with ideas?”
“Mom..I’m not a lil girl anymore, I just want to make the right decision, besides Erica did not..” I stopped talking..Erica did not ask for permission before dating Donald but I couldn’t say that, I would be rattling her out..
“Erica did not what..”
“I just want to know how you knew father was the one you should marry” She sighed
“Hes the president of my fellowship?”
“Does he know you have exams?”
“I think thats what you should be focusing on for now.. Your career..when you done with that you can take your pick of men that would want to fall at your feet”
“But my books are very fine mom..if that’s your worry”
“You not ready for marriage, you have to wait for the right man”
“I might be 25”
“So..what’s the rush” I think my mom was worse, she came towards me”you have to focus on your education now, I promise you God has a special someone created for you, when the time comes you ll know” That just made me feel worse, I decided I shouldn’t have told them, I should be able to make my own decisions..right?
I went back to school and still hung with Martins because I couldn’t tell him no. The bus project came out successful, it was dedicated that Sunday, I was happy as something I gave so much into came to pass
“My special thanks goes first to Almighty God who made everything possible and everyone especially the Excos who have worked tirelessly for this project to make it happen, especially to our Financial Secretary sister Emilia who did the bulk of the fund raising, to everyone who supported this project, may God bless you” The man of God that was invited prayed for the bus then cut the rope and fellowship members clambered to get in, after the many congratulations to each other, Martins came to hug me
“Thank you” I hugged him back
“I think we did it together”
“And I’m thinking the fellowship is blessed to have you” he said, he held my hand and moved his thumb over it, I stared at the bus and smiled, right there beside him was where I wanted to be.