Was pleasantly surprised recently!
Have you heard about Davida? She’s a topnotch shirt maker in naija …our very own Thomas Pink. Her shirts are however quite feminine and lovely. Let me see if she has any shirts online …hmm strange she doesn’t even seem to have a website but they look a bit like Nara Camacie shirts but much nicer.
Well, my co-wife (don’t worry my husband isn’t polygamous, it’s how I refer to my brother-in-laws wife) and her big sister wanted us to go to a Davida show. I wasn’t really keen because I knew I couldn’t afford any shirts. I mean it would be almost irresponsible in the face of so many other commitments and limited resources. I told them I would go just to look. Once we got there, I saw so many lovely shirts, that Davida sure can design and her finishing is superb!
My sisters-in-law (never know how to describe them) were busy picking. I immediately started feeling bad. I mean it’s so annoying when you see stuff you like and can’t even buy one. For some reason I called my husband and told him to pass through the venue of the show (close to my house) on his way home. “Why?” He asked. “Just come it’s on your way”. I told my sisters-in-law I would be on my way home soon… “Chioma ah ah, the show hasn’t even started?”. “Abeg let me go attend to the kids plus it’s not like I am buying anything”. So, I decided I would just wait for my husband and leave.
When he came, I felt silly for asking him to come. It was full of women and what did I really want him to do? Go and get money so I could go on a spree? Meanwhile, we had to buy a new generator and prepare for our S.A trip. I met him outside and told him not to worry as it was a woman’s thing and I knew he was busy. I went upstairs and was looking at some shirts my friend E had picked out, when I heard her say hello to someone. Next thing I heard was my husband’s voice.
Husband: E how now, my wife has set me up oh! These shirts look nice oh
Me: Oh, I thought you had gone.
I saw him looking through his wallet
Husband: Let me see if I can buy you one… (still looking into his wallet). Oh baby sorry, I don’t have enough here
Me: Oh don’t worry I just wanted to see you (yeah right!) I am leaving soon, there will always be other shows.
Husband: I actually have some money downstairs come with me and collect it
So I went downstairs with dh and he gave me enough for 2 or 3 shirts. God you are so awesome! I mean, I would have been happy with 1 and here I was with enough for at least 2 shirts. What amazed me even more was that I didn’t even ask my husband for money.
I know some of you may be saying “please why is this girl making noise over shirts that cost ten or at most fifteen thousand?” Na una sabi oh to me it was a big deal. I went there not expecting anything, hoping for 1 shirt and left with 2! I think that’s a big deal and I praise God for it.
Later that night dh and I went out and I wore one of the shirts. I know I looked fabulous in it! All the other married guy’s left their wives at home and came with their handbags (or at least planned to leave with one). I mean, what is it with young married men these days? Even the supposedly born-again ones seem to be messing around, anyway that’s a topic for another day. You could tell some of them were like “ol boy, why you bring your wife come this place na? We no fit mess around freely” lol.
We had a great time …and came home to an empty house –the boys were with Grandma, Yipee!
*handbags = babes