By Ifeyinwa Kojo
My cousin, My Adam and I sat beside their table at the event. In all honesty, I did not notice the couple at first until....
"Don't look, but something interesting is going on there...", my cousin said.
"Stay out of it", warned my Adam under his breathe.
"What?", I rolled my very innocent eyes at him. He shook his head at me, trying to be very stern. I winked at him. Looking and feeling very good with myself. What was he trying to prevent me from interfering with?
As far as I was concerned everything was A-Ok, the party was revving hot. The hotel was grand and the entertainment super.
Whatever it was must be behind me, so I did a 2 O'clock' shift to my left and saw the couple.
My Adam just knows me too well. What got my attention was the lady's face. The scene was too obvious, lady Bekee and a typical Okoro boy with "illiteracy" stamped across his forehead. And Adam doesn't want me to see this? Hiaa!
I quickly adjusted my seat to the right angle, to ensure I can have good visual access to lady Bekee.
My Adam gave me a sharp look and shook his head again.
"What?", I gave him my sweetest smile and did a zip sign. I was at a vintage position now and could see the scene clearly.
Lady Bekee had a strange colour on her face. It was obvious that she was very upset, and was practically sobbing silently. The Okoro with a stamp, had a little too much to drink and was becoming way too boisterous.
"She needs help Sweet" I whispered to my Adam.
"She needs a friend or a shoulder", my cousin giggled.
"Stay out of it" he insisted.
How can you ask a goat to stay out of the barn? I love stories......OK fine, I am very compassionate, and I'd love to help!
"I have to use the bathroom'", I said to My Adam. My Cousin laughed.
"You have to?", my Adam eyed me.
"Seriously!", I said pretending a squeeze.
"You are simply impossible", he raised his hand in surrender.
The silly cousin was still giggling. I smiled Innocently, picked my purse and walked.
I intentionally bumped in to lady Bekee's seat. She thumped forward to her table and dropped her tissue. "Oops!", I cried innocently, "I am so sorry"
"You OK?", I asked
She shook her head, tears loading back into her eyes.
"Would you like to come with me to the lady's?; I am headed there"
She grabbed the invite with two hands. She jumped out of her seat and held my hand immediately. She was shaking. I gave my Adam a very sad pleading look and he shrugged. To the Okoro boy, I plastered politeness on my face and nodded in the direction of the bathroom. He stared at me like a clueless Tom. Lady Bekee and I walked straight out.
We met two Ladies there touching up their make up. As soon as the door closed on them, Lady Bekee broke down and sobbed.
I was so surprised. For a brief moment, I wished I had listened to my Adam. I knew she was upset about something, but the sobbing seemed to have triggered something deeper. Am I really able to help her?
What is her story? Why was she sobbing her heart out on the shoulders of a total stranger in a strange country? I held her and stood there, rubbing her back very gently.
I tried to find some memory verses that will back up my kind words but they all disappeared. So I stuck to ...
"It's fine, it's all good....it will be well!" Gradually lady Bekee calmed down and tidied up a bit.
She stared at her reddened face in the mirror and attempted a smile.
"Thank You", she whispered. I nodded....."Its nothing", I smiled back.
I nodded again.... "I could tell"
"He's been so horrible lately"......
I will finish this Lord, I promise You, but right now, my baby is awake and needs me.
I love You.
I know I can be very daring, but then again, You said that all things work together for good to them that love You. I am number one!
This is Your daughter, I am checking in.