Christmas is a fun time for many so it's easy to get carried away with the festivities and forget that the world is full of unpleasantness and bad things don't take a break from happening just because it's Christmas.
Last night I got a bit bored so I began to scroll through my whatsapp contact list and I was shocked to see that three good friends of mine had recently updated their status/pictures to announce the death of a parent! I was shocked to see Nnenna's father's obituary, and the other two saying adieu mama. I was so weak that I just sat on my bed and sobbed.
A few days before Christmas, my friend at Ajao estate travelled out of town leaving his wife and maid at home. Later that night armed robbers visited their home and I'm not sure why robbers do this, but even though she didn't resist and readily gave them all the valuables at home, they shot her in the leg, just a few inches away from her vagina. Then they casually asked "e touch you?", saying it was a mistake. It was a mistake yet after shooting her and carting away all her valuables and ATM cards, they returned thirty minutes after leaving to ask for the pins, promising her that they would come back and kill her if she gave them the wrong pins. She's still at Igbobi Hospital at the moment and things just aren't so great right now, even though the family is thankful.
Today I read about the police man that killed twin brothers and their friend at Ketu. Then turned the gun on himself. I read that the twins; Taiwo and Kehinde, are the only children of their mother. That happened on Christmas Day.
There's also news of the Nigerian father and three year old son that died in a car crash, also on Christmas Day.
And of course terrorism and terrorists don't take a break either, so suicide bombers keep suicide bombing and killing innocent people, for no apparent reason.
So yes, not everyone is having a Merry Christmas. I talk to some blog readers and even in this season of cheer, some are still lonely, hurting, ailing or wailing.
I'm reminded once again how much I have to be thankful for. I may not have the man of my dreams, the perfect job, the desired account balance but I've got loads of love, health, my loved ones and of course, you!
So good or bad, intense or uneventful, happy or sad, tell me the kind of Christmas you've had so far and your hope for the new year.