NOT SO PERFECT 😍
By Christabel Nwoko
That night when my father was fast asleep my mother walked into my room and I sensed she wanted to talk some senses into me.
“My princess” my mother said and sat down closely to where I laid.
“Mummy, are you still awake?” I said as i tried to sit up.
“My baby, relax, I just want to tell you something very important but it’s okay you can lay down while I talk” She added.
“My daughter, I want you to listen me, yes I know that your father meant well but I will advise you listen to your heart, why will you remain unmarried for the rest of life when a good man like Emeka is around?, he even proposed to you, he knew you were blind when he asked you to marry him, Emeka has proved himself and to me he is a wonderful guy, it doesn’t matter if he can’t speak English fluently as long as he makes you happy, I know that you might have noticed that I am alot taller than your father but that didn’t stop us because we love each other. it’s not about what’s in the outside but about what’s inside that matters, if you like that guy as much as he likes you then forget about what people will say” my Mother advised while I listened quietly.
Few weeks later, and I was still wondering if I should give Emeka a chance or not.
To me I wasn’t bothered anymore about his inability to speak English, I was more concerned about my future and I noticed that the only thing that was dealing with me was my guilt.
I rejected Emeka when I had my sight but he accepted me when I lost my sight and then one night, I prayed silently and I told God that if I regain my sight, I will definitely accept Emeka but if I remained blind that I will prefer to stay unmarried for the rest of my life.
And the next day, something miraculous happened.
I was so shocked when I woke up and I discovered that I could see the color of my room, and the color of my night wear, even though it was a bit blurry, I felt scared and elated at the same time that I didn’t want to let anyone know what had happened to me.
“What if I go blind by tomorrow? What if the miracle will only last for a day?” I have asked myself but the next day came and go and even more days came and go and I could still clearly see with my two eyes. I was so excited that I decided to share the good news with my parents and of course with Emeka.
My parents took me to see a doctor and some tests were run on my eyes and the doctor assured us that everything was normal and that he always knew that I will regain my sight but after the surgery, he wasn’t too sure anymore
“Thank God, this is a miracle” the doctor concluded.
Everyone who heard the good news was so excited, even my friends were so excited when they heard the good news, my phone was ringing non stop, almost everyone I know called me to confirm the good news that was spreading everywhere like a wildfire and I will gladly confirm that it was real.
“Please help me thank God I have regained my sight” I will say in pure excitement.
One day, I was thinking about my life and I had concluded that I was going to give Emeka a chance in my life when my phone suddenly began to ring, it was an unsaved number, i reluctantly took the call, and I was shocked when the caller turned out to be my ex…. Yes Gilbert.
“Hello Jessica” he said immediately.
I wondered why he suddenly called my phone. This is the person who broke up with me and ever since then he didn’t even call to know how I was faring.
“Oh, he had heard the good news” I thought.
He wants to confirm if it’s true. I concluded
I was speechless for a while and then Gilbert broke the silence
“My love, I’m happy that you have regained your sight, I was thrilled when I heard the good news”
“Really? Why were you thrilled?” i asked immediately.
“Because I have realized that I was so impatient and I was so self centered, can you please forgive me?” Gilbert threw in
“Yes you are forgiven, if not for anything but for the love we once shared” I told him.
Few weeks later I began to discover that Gilbert wants more. As his calls were becoming frequent.
“Take me back” he told me suddenly over the phone but I told him that I needed time to decide.
I have told myself that Emeka deserves my love but still i want to make sure that I ended up with a man that I love and that love me right back. I had almost forgotten about my vow to God that brought back my sight.
My father was not helping matters as he wants me to reconnect with Gilbert.
“No one is above mistake and Gilbert has apologized and he wants you back, why not give him a chance. Gilbert comes from a well known family and he is successful too and infact both of you were planning for your wedding when the devil stroked and caused you to loose your sight but thank God for his miracles, please forgive him, you won’t believe that Gilbert called me to apologise and he sounded so remorseful I have forgiven him wholeheartedly, No man is PERFECT, there’s many times that I have failed your mother but she is still here with me” My father had told me.
Finally I was so sure about my feelings, and I have decided to give Emeka a chance.
“Emeka deserves it and God approves it” I have told myself.
when I told my parents about my decision my mother smiled while my father kicked against it immediately.
“Over my dead body, I will never allow you to marry that illiterate” my father entered
But my mother signaled me to relax and that I should not utter a word that she will talk to my father. When My father was done talking
I quietly left for my room and when I got to my room,
I put a call to Emeka and we spoke for a while, and then he told me that he was at home and that he wasn’t feeling well and that was why he was home and for the first time ever, I requested for his home address and he was elated, as he disclosed his address.
An hour later, I had arrived at this beautiful duplex, the house was alot bigger than my parent’s house, for a moment, I began to doubt if I was in the right address, and because I wasn’t too familiar with that area I didn’t come with my car, I had arrived in a cab. even when the Cab man confirmed that I was in the right address, I wasn’t convinced and I had to put a call to Emeka for confirmation.
I was so relieved when Emeka came out almost immediately.
As soon as he sighted me coming out from the cab, he rushed down to me and hugged me so tightly and even paid the cab man.
“Nne, I hope the journey no stress you” He entered and I nodded no.
“How are you feeling now?” I asked him immediately
“Nne, I’m alright, na stress, I don relax and I don dey okay” he responded
He then held my left hand as we walk into the beautiful duplex.
When we got inside, Emeka made sure I was entertained and comfortable, he even cooked me a delicious meal and I was so impressed.
I could see that my visit made him so excited and when I finally told him that I was ready to become his woman, he jumped up in excitement.
“My love, you no go regret am, I go always make you happy, I promise you” He told me in smiles.
He brought out an expensive wine to celebrate and I felt so special.
We were having a conversation and sipping our wine, when Emeka’s phone suddenly began to ring and he told me that it was an important call and that he needed to take the call, and that I should not be upset, I was so impressed, he is not educated but he is cultured, well mannered, transparent and loves me so much.
I was so sure that I made the right decision by choosing him over Gilbert.
” Emeka, I Don’t have any reason to be upset, please Go ahead and take your call” I told him in smiles before he finally received the call and spoke to the caller. He was still speaking on the phone when he suddenly let out a scream and I noticed he was so excited as he spoke to the caller but I began to wonder why and then finally he hanged up.
“Nne, you don bring me so much joy for my life, you get good luck, the contract wey I dey hustle for, for more than two months, God don do am, you no go believe say I just win 100 million naira contract” He told me in smiles while i listened in disbelief.
“100 million naira contract? What kind of business do you do?” I asked immediately.
“I get factory where I dey make plank and i also get another factory where I dey produce cement, I just win contract to supply cement and plank and the two contract go cost 100 million naira” He explained and I was more impressed.
“Wow, congratulations” I told him while he hugged me.
“Nne, the first day wey I see you, something tell me say, na you go be my wife and that’s why I dey happy today, I love you so so much” he added while i blushed. For the first time we shared a passionate kiss and cuddled each other before we finally disengaged from each other’s arms.
My father was wrong, all those expensive cars were actually his, Emeka is a wealthy man I thought
but I wondered why he waited for more than two years, for me to reciprocate his love, when he could had gotten, any other beautiful woman of his choice.
It was as if Emeka read my mind, as he cut in almost immediately.
“Nne, all the girls wey I don meet, including that girl wey you see me with for bank that year,.what’s her name again…. yes Chizoba….they all dey after my money, once they meet me, they wan turn me to their ATM but na only you give me levels, for one day, you no even send my money, and I dey very impressed, but it break my heart, all those times when you dey reject me, because even if you want all my money, I dey ready to give you everything because you be my Queen, I no believe say na you dey my house so and you done accept me for your life, God go bless you for me” He Concluded and I smiled and hugged him.
“You be my man now” I said and he smiled.
“So you even sabi speak pidgin sef and you still sabi speak better English, wow, teach me now” Emeka said in smiles and I nodded and I promised to teach him how to speak good english.
“English no hard, I go teach you” I responded and Emeka smiled and held my left hand.
From that day we became inseparable, at every chance I got I taught him how to speak simple English and to my greatest astonishment, he was really eager to learn as he always put more effort into learning, our relationship was beautiful and Emeka made me so happy than I have ever been my whole life, each day I fell more in love with him.
One-day, Emeka and i was on a date and we were about heading out when we ran into Gilbert.
Gilbert was so furious when I introduced Emeka to him.
“Jessica I can’t believe you choose this dude over me, your father must hear about this” Gilbert entered and then he turned to Emeka and warned him to stay away from me, if he doesn’t want trouble.