At 12 noon exactly a year ago, I was rushing through traffic on the busy Oxford street in Accra, Ghana trying to make my way into the Oxford street mall to get a gift for a my then "friend" after I couldn't get an affordable tie or cufflinks to buy at Pierre Cardin.
Aside worrying about how much I was willing to spend on the gift I had to give a friend money to get a gift for her Valentine.
At the mall, I spent two hours window shopping and finally ended up in Avenue No 6high end perfume shop, where I tried on so many perfumes to the extent that I smelt funny. Then my phone rang, it was my "friend" asking if I was at the airport, and if I had checked in already. Oh my! I had just remembered I had a flight to catch in less than 60 minutes! I hadn't pack! I still didn't have a gift! And the traffic! Hmmmm.... I settled on a perfume. The last one I tried, a paco rabanne invictus. I got it wrapped in their special valentine wrapper and dashed out.
I prayed silently and hoped the road would just be cleared of all cars but the taxi I was in. I can't explain it but I got home early enough, in my room, I saw a big beautiful red and white box on my bed. I opened it and saw a big teddy bear, a card and something wrapped in the box. Just then, my "friend" called to find out if I was at the airport, I answered no and he sounded upset but calm. I asked if he sent a box of goodies to me and he said no. At this time, I had only 40 minutes to boarding. I packed any clothes into my bag and rushed out. Bidding my friends in the building goodbye while running out.
Again I can't explain it but I beat the traffic once more and rushed to check in, I begged the attendants so much to please allow me check in. They eventually allowed me when a new lady friend I had just met, pleaded on my behalf. Then I called my "friend" to know where he was, only for him to tell me, he is stuck in traffic!
My new lady friend asked me to board and hope my "friend" makes it on time, as she ( lady friend) would delay the flight for about 10 minutes because of a cake.( She is from an influential family). I thanked her and proceeded to board. I sat next to a biracial family who were really nice, the woman initiated a conversation. They asked what I was going to do in Tarkoradi, and I told them, I really didn't know because there is supposed to be a surprise waiting for me there, a surprise from my "friend".
Then I got a text from my "friend" saying he will miss the flight. Just as the confusion was setting in, my new lady friend boarded the plane hold a box of cake. Passing by me, she said; hey Ama I got the cake! she apologized to the other passengers; Sorry I had to get the wedding cake. Then, the biracial family went all "Awwwwwwed..." On me. And the other passengers congratulated me! Thinking it's my wedding. While trying to correct them, my lady friend winked and said enjoy to me. So, I kept my cool and "enjoyed" the awkwardness.
So the plane took off without my "friend".
When I arrived in Tarkoradi, I was chauffeured to a resort. I was really worried and had butterflies in my tummy, this is a friend who has been really kind to me, caring, loving and wants more than just friendship he has proven to be real, but he is my junior in school! Though older, self employed and pursing his second degree. Do I finally accept his proposal after a year of asking me out? I mean the first time we met on campus, he said I want you to be my wife! Without knowing even my name! Hmmmm... I thought so much that my temperature was high. I held the perfume I bought for him and wondered if he would be content. But I worried more when I couldn't reach him on his phone, he should be here already! Even by bus!
I had so many thoughts running through my mind when I heard a knock on the door I jumped from the bed and rushed to open the door, and there he was my obviously tired "friend". I screamed in excitement and kissed him! But wait o he wasn't responding to my kiss! Ashamed, I stopped and moved back but he pulled me back and kissed me passionately! Finally, he said when we separated. So you are my girlfriend and I'm your boyfriend!
I smiled coyly. And noded. So let's plan our wedding he said. And I was like errrrrmm.... ( We planned it that night though). And he loved the perfume, and the box was from him.
It's a year today but I'm lonely o hmmm... He has travelled and would be back tomorrow so our valentine and anniversary is scheduled for later. And o he is waiting for me to say I'm ready to get married. Lol.