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My Neighbor Likes My Clothes, But Hasn't Seen Me With My Scars Exposed.

Now my neighbour likes where I stay, but doesn't know the price that I pay...
My neighbour wants what he sees...
Now my neighbour likes my clothes, but hasn't seen me with my scars exposed...

It's funny how this CeeLo Green song has been playing in my head all day and then I went out and is the perfect case of art imitating life. 

A few hours ago my sister came into my room to tell me she'd be going to Ebeano, I offered to go as I was having an extremely boring Sunday and I'd grown restless. 

She asks me to please take her kids, at first I refuse because I want peace and quiet but she cajoles me and I agree on the condition that Grace (our house help) would come along to help with the kids. 

A few minutes later she hands me this long-ass shopping list and I'm actually very happy about it because I really have nothing to do at the moment, so I pack the three boys into the car and Grace too, and off we go. 

Seeing as there's a lot to buy, I grab the big trolley, put the youngest kid in it and everyone else trails behind us. Halfway through I see my former classmate from QC, baby girl hasn't changed one bit, I'm actually staring at her in awe. I notice she's not alone, her hubby is behind her and he's carrying the most adorable baby girl ever! I'm standing there thinking they made such a cute picture, she's as tall I am but rather slim, her husband is even taller. Young, fine guy with nice beards, and the way he's the one carrying their baby is sooooooo cute. They are everything!

She and I do not exchange pleasantries, I try to catch her eyes a few times but she always looks away. It's just as well because I know she's thinking the boys are my kids and I think its best for us to leave it laidat. LOL. 

I never could have guessed the thoughts running through her head. 

Soon after, one of my carts gets full and I have to get another one, and when we're done we proceed to the counter to pay. Coincidentally she and her husband join my line. I'm thinking its weird seeing as I have a lot to pay for and the other counters were pretty free. 

Anyways I pay and I leave with my battalion. 

An hour later, I get a call from one of my QC friends and immediately I answer the phone and she's laughing like a looney

"Come o! When did you marry and born 3 children?"

I ask her what she's on about and she tells me. 

Apparently the chic I saw in Ebeano is a friend of hers and she had called my friend to tell her that she had just seen me and she couldn't believe her eyes. She told her how I shopped with two trolleys both filled go the brim, how my eldest "son" has long locks reaching his back, how he must be in one of these expensive schools on the Island because most schools don't allow boys to lock their hair, how even my house girl is tall and fresh and speaks Queen's English (truly sha, Grace looks nothing like a domestic staff and the girl cannot speak pidgin, even when I was picking the detergent I asked her "Shebi its cah-nu (canoe) soap I should buy?" She said "Yes, kayy-no deterrrgent", I no blame am sha 😂). She talked about how I wasn't even looking at the prices before randomly picking stuff off the shelves and freezers and tossing them into my carts, she said my tab was almost 50k and I didn't even flinch, I just handed them my ATM card. And finally she said that when I was leaving she saw that I was driving a brand new mega-sega jeep which she knows costs over N22M". 

I ask my friend what she told her. 

"I said God has blessed you noni". We both burst out laughing. 

In reality it's not funny. This girl will now go home and be squeezing face for that her fine husband, she will be venting in her mind and be saying "is it not men like you that are giving their wives 500,000 for  house allowance? Is it not my mates that are driving big big jeep?". Envy and discontent would be eating her up because she just saw her former classmate and her life is no where as good as mine. 

Meanwhile, husband, I no get. Pikin, I never get. Car, I no even get at the moment. 😂😂😂

And that's exactly how many of us sit down and get all salty scrolling through instagram, peering at the seemingly perfect lives of others and some of them don't even have half of what we do. 

Ps, I wrote this yesterday but forgot to post. 

So on this morning lets do ourselves a favour, water your own grass and count your own blessings. 😊

Btw December is in a couple of days, how does that make you feel? 


  1. Wow!! This actually is what most people who live their lives based on instagram is going through at the moment. The don't know that people always show their best version on instants without their scars but deep thinking about it now, no body really wants to see your sorrows too.
    We'll, I'm utmost grateful for 2017 as some of my goals were ticked off. I can't wait to have a better 2018.

  2. I am not afraid of this December at all. God has been so faithful to me within these few days. I have every reason to be happy. Its Jesus Birthday, So many reasons to dance azonto.


  3. Hmmmmm december Is already here. I'm still waiting on God for my 11th Miracle. Baba God please answer my call.

  4. Eyaah jealousy do not allow her say hello to you, that's another level of insecurity and discontentment right there. What you said is exactly how she would be feeling till next year sef.

  5. Thanks for this Thelma. Sometimes we need a reminder that all that we see that looks seemingly perfect are sometimes not so. That you friend's reply had me laughing though,, korrect babe.

    This year had been one hell of a year. The beginning wasn't so great, same with mid year.I think November brought some good things and I hope and pray December will be better. In all I am Thankful and will continue to give thanks.

  6. I really do not even people but I look at them(mostly those in same profession) as a example that I can do better.
    My birthday is in a few days but apart from being alive and healthy,nothing really to celebrate. Infact,i feel like I am standing in the same spot I was st this time last year and it isn't a good place rara. I hope the new year gets better.

  7. Life.
    I always appreciate what I have tho, it's just my nature, I really do not have long throat.
    Plus, I have seen plenty cases of "wash" to know that I should always be grateful for how far I have come.

  8. Too much pressure everywhere, it's especially sad because most of it is self imposed.

    I'm ecstatic about December, for no particular reason. It always has been and probably will remain my favourite of all the months. I literally float around the house now with Tony one week's 'onwa december' song on repeat in my head.

    Happy December in advance everyone!

  9. Lol, surprised she didnt even tell her you drove in the direction of Banana Island. Lmao.

    1. Glad to see you making a come back to blogging. Chrisyinks

  10. Preach it Thelma, the fake life on the gram be making some people go mad. ...i am counting my blessings and I'm grateful to God.... And don't worry Thelms,those things and many more are around the corner for you, 2018 is our year, ain't no stopping us... Amen

  11. Plus. Season greetings everyone... I can smell Christmas...

  12. The pressure this coming December does not even match my bank account at the moment, still waiting for the breakthrough, because we cannot end this year like this. As per comparing others situations to mine, i try my best not to, if not high blood pressure would just take you at a young age for nothing, in this age of filter and pretending for the gram.

  13. This is just how people think at times.
    Gosh I haven't commented in a while.I have been so busy.
    December is my birth month.I thank God for the year so far.

  14. I just hope she doesn't get really bothered by it all. Even when people are truly living the fab life it's not OK to covet, it makes one less grateful for what they have going good for them , even if it's only good health, which by the way a lot of people take for granted, and can even corrupt the mind. Oh and it's a sin...10 commandments yea.

  15. I just hope she doesn't get really bothered by it all. Even when people are truly living the fab life it's not OK to covet, it makes one less grateful for what they have going good for them , even if it's only good health, which by the way a lot of people take for granted, and can even corrupt the mind. Oh and it's a sin...10 commandments yea.

  16. This is the true reality we deal with daily.

    May God give us contentment always. The pressure to "make it" is killing.

    Hello December, please be good to me.......

  17. God has blessed you noni...Thank God for his mercies.


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