Few weeks to our wedding, I got a call from Daniel. He told me to come down to his office.
“I’m still in school, you know I close by 4pm” I explained
“Sweetheart, but we agreed you resign, so you could have time to prepare for the wedding.
“I have my love, I’ve tendered my resignation letter, this is my last week here” I explained.
“OK, I need you here, please get a permission or something”
“Ok, let me try to seek permission, I’ll get back at you”
I went to the Principal’s office and he gave me permission. He understands I’m preparing for my wedding. So he gave me permission.
I drove down to Daniel’s office around 11:30am. He offered me a cold drink and told me he wants me to accompany him to a place. We went in his car why I parked mine in the parking lot.
He parked in front of a landed property. The building is under construction, some workers are there working.
“Where is this place?”
“A proposed site for your school and as you can see its already under construction” he informed.
My leg was weakened, I couldn’t believe my ears .
“Please tell me I’m dreaming, all this for me!” my eyes were clouded with tears.
“Woman, you are too emotional” he said and held me in his arms.
I hugged him tightly
“I’m speechless, I can’t thank you enough. Do you I really deserve all this”
“This beautiful heart deserve more my dear”
He hugged and kiss me and patted my back.
We left the place heading back to his office to get my car.
My Dad is really preparing for the wedding, he re- painted the whole house, changed the furniture in the living room. Even the whole compound floor was plastered. He fixed every fixable. Our house turned brand new. It’s not easy to give your first daughter out in marriage, but he was extremely happy.
My parents in-law to be and all their guests arrived few days to the wedding. Some stayed at Daniel’s place while others are lodged into a nearby hotel.
We had our Traditional wedding on Friday and church wedding on Saturday.
Our wedding was glorious, my heart was filled with so much joy, i married the man of my dreams.
My parents in-law graced the wedding with their white friends and colleagues in America. There extended family members in Ekiti were present too. Also Daniel’s white friends too all came down to Nigeria.
Everyone of them wore the aso ebi, the females among them tied gele as well. The residents in my area thought I married a white man. I never believed they could travel that far to attend a wedding in Nigeria. It was fun to see this whites prostrate with the groom during the engagement ceremony. I was elated.
My extended family members, my parents colleagues, church members, neighbors, colleagues at my place of work, Daniel’s staff and clients were also present. The crowd was much, thank God we made provisions that can cater for everyone.
I really miss Joy around, I understand her absence is for the best. I was shocked to see Tunde, I and Daniel invited him but i never knew he’d show up.
Paul and Lizzy were present, they’ve been very supportive. Lizzy was not all that active because she’s heavily pregnant.
I threw my bouquet at the reception, guess who caught it? Sharon
Everything went well to the glory of God.
After the reception, we were taken straight to the Airport
We had our honey moon on an island in Mauritius. Daniel discovered the place few months to our wedding and made reservations. Trust me the place was beautiful to behold.
Around the island, there is calm, clear shimmering blue water. The breeze, The sand sparkles in the sunlight. There is a small wooden beach hut which is hidden among the tall, tropical palm trees where couples can relax. The beautiful, blue sunny skies is spread across the island.
All the hotel rooms look onto the ocean with great views. I love ocean front hotels, have always dream of a place like this.
I never knew beautiful place like this exist in Africa. We met some white tourists on the island as well.
Our honey moon was splendid. My husband is extremely romantic. Our first night together was awesome and perfect. He treated me like a queen. My husband was unerringly gentle. He took he’s time and everything else was magical. I felt like I never had se.x all my life.
We had a great time together on the Island. I felt like we are in paradise. I wish it never end but it has too because this trip cost a fortune, the day I stumbled on our bills, I told my husband one week is enough we can continue our honey moon in Nigeria but the king is ready to do anything for his queen. He even said we are coming back here anytime soon. To be sincere, I won’t mind coming back, this place is out of this world.
We went on sight seeing, shopping. The restaurant on the island is classic, their African dishes are on point. We spent two weeks on the island before we returned to Nigeria. This is an experience I won’t forget in a very long….time, it was golden.
We came back from our honey moon. The mansion is empty, everyone as returned to their base. We visited my family, Sharon said she’ll join us later at the mansion. Then we checked on the Pauls.
My husband and I walked into their sitting room, the atmosphere was not friendly or welcoming. Everywhere was quiet. Lizzy lying on the sofa not looking so well, her face was swollen.
“Lizzy, what’s wrong?”
We were shocked, when Paul told us Lizzy lost her mom.
“When was that?” I asked Paul
“Last week. In fact Lizzy was hospitalized, she fainted when she got the news of her mother’s death. She was just discharged from the hospital yesterday” Paul narrated.
“And nobody cared to inform us?” Daniel said with a straight face.
“Who does that? You are on honey moon, and you don’t expect us to ruin it for you with sad news”
“Lizzy, I’m sorry for your loss” Daniel said.
“Thank you” she replied as tears flooded her eyes.
“Please stop crying, you know your condition, you did want anything to happen to your baby right” I said
“Daniella, you won’t understand, my mother suffered……I lost my father at a very tender age, there was no one to turn to for help,. My mother toiled hard, just to give me and my son the best. She couldn’t remarry, knowing fully well that no man that can accept her daughter and grandson. She traded her happiness for my son and I. Now death took her away from me, from us, she should have waited a little longer to enjoy the fruit of her labor” she said wailing.
“Its OK my dear, God knows best” I said
“She’s all I have and she’s gone… She’s gone”
“Lizzy please put yourself together, I know you’ll miss her, but you have your own family now, husband, your son and you have us. Please be strong”
“I will thank…..you….
“What’s going on Lizzy, are you in alright?” I reached out to her.
“I think, my….water… just.. broke” She said and wincing in pain.
“What! Are you waiting for us to come back from our honeymoon, you must name this child after me if he’s a boy and if it’s a girl then you must name her after my wife” Daniel said to lighten the mood while Paul went to get her things in the room.
Lizzy shake her head at his joke and smiled weakly.
Daniel and Paul helped her into the car, while carried her into the car, while I carried the bag. We got to the hospital and she was wheeled into the labor room. We all silently prayed while waiting for the doctor.
One of the Nurses came out and we all walk up to her. She smiled “Congrat, she gave birth to a baby girl”
Thank God! We all hugged one another.
“Can we see her now” Paul asked with all excitement.
“Not yet, I’ll let you know when she’s moved into the ward” the Nurse replied
“Thank you” We all chorused.
Some minutes later, we were directed to her ward.
“God has comforted me” Lizzy said smiling as she held the baby.
“Yes he has, congratulations” I said and took the baby from her.
“She’s so cute and beautiful” I said
“Just like her mom” Daniel added.
I handed the baby over to Paul, but he refused to take the baby from me.
“I’m scared to hold her, she’s looks fragile” he said fidgeting.
“All you need do, is to carry her gently with care, she won’t break” I said smiling. I gently place the baby in his arms.
“Hi, my beautiful princess” he said as he rocked her gently.
Paul raise his head and faced me. “We are naming her after you” he said
“Did you hear me when I said it earlier” Daniel asked curiously.
“No I didn’t, we made the decision months back”
“No wonder the baby came when she sighted Daniella” he said and we all laughed.
“I’m honored, thank you” I said
“Hi Daniella” Daniel said and took the baby from Paul.
We left the hospital later and went home.
I’m happy for them, Lizzy has a baby to worry about now, the pain of loosing her mom will be replaced by the joy of having a new born baby. I’m happy for them can’t wait to have my baby.
Daniel went straight upstairs to shower while I prepared dinner. After taking dinner, we retired to the bedroom.
I took off my clothes and move into the bathroom to shower. I heard footsteps so I opened my eyes.
“Hubby you took a shower not quite long”
“I thought wifey needed company” he said with a mischievous look.
“I know that look, don’t….
He didn’t allow me finish my statement he kissed me and took off his short.
“Baby I can’t wait to hold our own baby, I carried baby Daniella and I wished she was mine”
“Me too, I believe very soon our bundle of Joy will arrive by God’s grace” I said
“Then don’t stop me from joining you inside the shower” he said kissing me all over.
We bathed together and end the rest of the activities ended in the other room.
Author: Toyin Taiwo
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