On Sunday morning I had this mini lightbulb moment and decided to take my mum to the movies. When I first mentioned it, she laughed nervously and said people would be looking at her strangely wondering what this old woman is doing here, so no, she wouldn't be going. I called my brother and asked him if he would come along with his girlfriend, as that would have gingered my mummy, opportunity to scruntize her probable future daughter-in-law, but he couldn't come. So I went back down to mummy and tried to convince her that she would enjoy it, and no, Africa Magic does not show the movie!
An hour or two later we both stood in front of her mirror getting hair and makeup done. She wanted to wear a boubou but I told her "Stopeeeet, wear that jeans and cute pink top with the butterflies. And put down that wig and wear your blue turban". Mummy looked nearly exasperated but she listened and off we went.
We saw The Wedding Party 2 which I'd seen before and knew she would like, even though I didn't. This was her first time at The Palms she seemed pretty impressed so we did some window shopping first and then went up for our movie. I don't know what's up with these Genesis Deluxe Cinema people, at this rate we would be paying 5k to see a movie in a month or two, yesterday a ticket cost 3k and I was glad mummy was standing at a distance otherwise she would have dragged me back home, God forbid I pay 6000 Naira to watch feem.
I hurriedly paid then ushered her in while I went to grab her popcorn and a bottle of coke. Mummy settled in nicely and munched on her popcorn happily. As soon as it finished I jumped up and went to buy her shawarma. She'd stop every few seconds and ask me if she was to leave some for me, hoping I would say no. Each time I said "no" the look of relief in her face was incredible. Like a child afraid you'd take his ice cream away 😂.
I loved the way she broke into laughter every few minutes. When Patience Ozokwor first appeared on the screen I could see her perk up and become even more animated, several "Just shut up"s directed at Patience's character would follow shortly.
The movie finally ended and mummy was satiated, she stood behind me while I made to pay for packing when I heard a man say "such a lovely day to be at the mall, yes?" I turned to look at the person that sounded like he'd just steeped out of a Charles Dickens novel and sure enough I saw this dapper gentleman of about 70, smiling at my mummy. I quickly shifted my gaze to mama and my normally bold Mum had her eyes lowered to the ground with a nervous smile on her face. She nodded in response, her tongue suddenly failing her!
I kukuma turned and faced front until I heard my mum let out this strange giggle that sounded like it came from a 13 year old girl. I looked at her to be sure she was still the one and then I turned back. Grandpa was still standing there, all confident and dapper and shii with them clever jokes trying to turn my dear mum into mush.
When she saw me look at her for the third time she quickly told him "that's my daughter", perhaps to deter him from flirting any further before she lost all control right there and then.
I was finally done, she smiled politely at him and we walked away.
Five minutes later mummy was still smiling. "Are you still thinking about your new boyfriend?" I teased her.
"Mind your business. Are you jealous?"
"I'm jealous o! I don't even have a toaster and you have a boyfriend!" I cried.
"Haha.... Some still like them old after all...", mummy said more to herself than to me. She said this wistfully with a look in her eyes that I couldn't quite explain, it was wonder, it was surprise, it was pleasure, her eyes had a spark. She was glowing.
Isn't it amazing what a little bit of appreciation could do to a woman?
Am I terrible for wishing I wasn't there so that she and the gentleman could exchange numbers and keep the flirtation going?
Please don't tell my daddy I said this o! I know he loves her but I wonder when last he looked at her with such passion and longing.
"This is the best outing I've had in over 40 years!" My mum squealed, breaking into my thoughts. I sincerely hoped she was exaggerating, but she kept repeating it to all her friends as I drove her back home. She called each of them and told them; "Hmmm, Nwando took me to the cinema, my best outing in over 40 years...", and she called all my siblings and told them same.
And the first thing she asked me the next morning was "That thing you bought for me yesterday, what is it called? God it was sooooo sweet!"
Turns out, that was actually her first time eating shawarma too! 😳😳😳.
Hahaha. Doing just a little could mean so much to our parents. Don't forget to show yours love.