Missed me? *angel face*
First things first, thank you all SO MUCH for all the well wishes and prayers you’ve sent my way in the last couple of months. It’s a pretty exciting time for me as you can imagine and I’m grateful for the show of love and support.
Blogging has become a bit of a chore I must admit. I need me some motivation and inspiration ‘cause those wells are all dried up. Sigh. I found myself debating the Gary Glitter fiasco with my colleagues yesterday and was reminded of a story I wrote a few months ago. It was inspired by some of my childhood experiences. Now now, I’m not claiming I was molested by an Uncle so please, interpret the term inspired loosely!
As a young teenager I was propositioned by so many older men, it’s a wonder I wasn’t a loose cannon. There’s something about the Nigerian culture that makes men think it’s okay to lust after prepubescent girls. I have PLENTY personal stories to tell on that front but by the far the most traumatic was being propositioned by a man of the cloth when I was about thirteen years old. Anyway, I’ll save that story for another day.
Till I get my mojo back, here’s a little something to keep you going.
“Come let me tell you a story,” he said, his arms stretched out, beckoning. Her little legs skipped across the living room floor and settling into his arms, she listened to yet another tale about the infamous tortoise and his mischievous ways. This time, the tortoise had climbed a palm tree to pick a kernel to quench his hunger.
“Uncle, why is the tortoise always getting into trouble?” she giggled as he told the part of the story where the evil spirits came out of the drum and give the tortoise a good flogging. “He is greedy that’s why, he doesn’t like to share.”
“Mummy says I must always share my things with people who don’t have.”
“She is right but you must also share your things with people who you love and who love you. You know uncle loves you, don’t you?”
She nodded in agreement.
“Do you love uncle?”
Again she nodded.
“But you never tell uncle you love him! That’s not fair. Go on, tell uncle you love him.”
“I love you uncle.”
“Good girl! Say it again.”
“I love you uncle,” she repeated.
“Do you know how you show someone you love them?”
She shrugged her shoulders, palms turned upwards.
“When mummy tells you she loves you, what does she do?”
“She cuddles me.”
“What else does she do?”
“Sometimes she kisses me.”
“Go on then, give uncle a cuddle and a kiss.”
Wrapping her tiny arms around him, she gave him a peck on his left cheek.
“Tut tut, that’s not a real kiss!”
“But that’s how mummy kisses me!”
“Doesn’t she kiss you on the lips?”
“Go on then, kiss uncle on the lips.”
Her lips barely touched his before she withdrew.
“That wasn’t a proper kiss. Is that all the love you have to show me?”
She kissed him a few seconds longer this time. As she made to withdraw he clamped her against his chest.
“I thought you were a big girl but you’re just a baby.”
“I’m not a baby!” she protested, “I will be five next week!”
“Then give uncle a proper kiss!”
Holding her even tighter, he thrust his tongue into her mouth.
“That’s how big girls kiss.”
“Okay uncle. Can I go and ride my bicycle now?”
“Yes princess, off you go but make sure you wear your slippers before you go outside.”
Slippers in place, she skipped out of the front door, his gaze trailing her till she was out of sight.