About two decades later, i am no longer a child, how time flies. I reminisce my childhood like it was yesterday. Times have changed and so many things are different now, i believe somehow that children born after the 21st century may never have a real childhood. I was priviliege with going outside to play, ride my bike, dig dirt in the garden, pick up snails after it rains and put them on my window sill, write all over the walls of my house with crayons(until my mom beat me silly one day).
Tv back then didnt come on until 4pm. I totally loved that because i got the chance to do homework and read some books unlike now when television is 24 hours a day and children born post 1995 watch tv from morning until midnight courtsey of the cable channels. My favorite tv shows including cartoons were
1. Tales by Moonlight
2. Storyland by Jimi Solanke
3. Speak Out
5. Super Ted
6. Voltron Defender of the Universe
7. Captain Planet
8. Sesame Street
9. Muppet Babies
10. Ninja Turtles.
Barney came out in 1994 or so but it never replaced Sesame Street. After Elmo became a celebrity on his own on Sesame Street i stopped watching it because i still loved all the other characters regardless.
I remember all those girlie games i played in elementary school ten ten, suwe, change your style, skipping ropes. Lol. I think ten ten was banned in my set because the claping of hands as all the multiple players exchanged partners drove those teachers crazy.
Why did i also have a Barbie fetish, i had all sorts, those skinny things, my doll addiction didnt end till i was 13 but i had this big black baby that i still have, never would give away. It looks like a real child. Dolls were one childhood addiction i had, my aunt worked at the general hospital gave me baby bottles for my big black doll, my mom gave the tailor left over material to make clothes, that doll was spoiled. Oh how i love it.
At school those women sold things that tempted me to spend my money even though my mom always packed my lunch. I remember always crying my eyes out for my mom to buy me Orange icecram, those nice blocked orange flavors. Samco used to provide those nice juices to my elemnatry school and i totally loved apple and orange juice. That was Primary 1. Hmm. Gala sausage roll!! Yummy. Okin Biscuit, Tomtom, Chocomilo. I really didnt like Butter mint.
My favorite books
3.All Pacessetter Books. I only have 4. Someone tell me where i can buy them
4.Ali and Simbi
6.Mallory Towers Series by Enid Blyton
7.St Claires Series by Enid Blyton
8.Any book by James Hadley Chase. I started reading them @6 yrs old.
Everyone talked about watching Secret of the Sand, No One But You, The Rich also cry at school. I think i watched all those back in elementary school and those were debateable topics among girls. Apart from those Mexican Telenovellas. I loved Rentaghosts, Dr Who,Faulty Towers. Those epic British shows.
Goodness there is so much to talk about because those were the good old days when your phone was landline and you had to sit in the living room talking to that crush or your friend while your parents listened, the cord could only go so far if you decided to drag it. I miss all my dresses and back in the day when it was my birthday and I didnt have to wear uniform and my mom loved bringing cake, caprisonne and biscuits and suddenly all the girls in my class became my best friends cos i looked pretty.LMAO
I miss my childhood. To all the Nigerian children have a Happy childrens day and enjoy your childhood while it lasts. I am privileged to be alive to recount everything. Thank God.
I am in my bedroom thinking about all my bills, i have this pile of bills sitting on my table, for once in my life i missed my payments.Broke is an understatement. Lately i have been living above my means, i have totally maxxed out my Amex card, its crazy. I am still trying to pay off my student loans and my car note is 15days late for the first time. My phone began to ring.
"Hello" i said answering the phone which showed "unknown" number.
"Goodmorning my name is Emmanuela from Capital One" the caller said. Shoot, that card payment is due too, why is everything due all of a sudden.
"Okay" i responded nonchalantly and she went further to verify my details to make sure she was talking to me. After verification she started blabbing about how my card payment was 7 days late and if i wanted to make a payment by phone, i was about to bring out my checkbook from my wallet to give her my information when she laughed out loud.
"Gotcha" said my cousin Danielle and laughed.
"You scared the crap out of me, please don't do that again" i said irritated.
"You were supposed to pay me, i should have allowed you to give me your bank details, i thought it was funny." she said laughing and giggling at what she thought was an appropriate joke. I had told her a week previously that i had not made any payments on my Target and Sears card and Capital One was coming up. She probably got the initiative to play that prank on me using that information.
"I don't find that funny", i replied
"Can't you take a joke?"
"Maybe on a different day"
"Whatever, i will call you later." Danielle said and hung up. She was probably hurt by my attitude, it was a joke to her but not funny to me.
I opened the envelope which contained my Mercedes Benz statement and shuddered at the thought of paying almost $800 this month. Late fee was $25.00 Payment due immediately. I opened the second mail, it was from my insurance company, $350 due on Thursday night, my paycheck should be directly deposited into my account by midnight of Thursday, i may need to transfer money from my savings, i cant remember the last time i put money in it.
My cell phone bill was next. I have this nice Iphone from AT& T. When the phone first came into the market: i was in love with the whole concept. I woke up at 4am to go stand in line to be one of the first owners of an Iphone. The things materialism can do to you. Turn you into a robot all because of a machine. When i was in college, i dont even think i ever woke up at 4am to study or even write a term paper. I love sleeping in and now all because of an Iphone, i woke up as early as 4am. Ridiculous. I tore open the envelope and brought out my bill which looked like a laundry list of a million things to do. It included the summary and the list of all my calls. My bill for this month is $105, for what? The last time i checked, i thought my monthly payments .......never mind. This impending Hawaii trip needs to be cancelled, will Southwest Airlines refund me.I wipe my brow. I need a sugar daddy.
The world was supposed to end yesterday right. Guess what. It didn't end, the world may come to an end someday but no one knows when. So live everyday of your life like it is your last and don't let anyone deceive you. The buzz about the end of the world only made people have parties and the sell of beer increase.I wonder what Harold Camping would tell his congregation today or is he looking for another date?
It was just one of those Friday nights after work. No date, nothing. Another boring weekend again. I decided to go to the club. I hadn't been to Club rho in a long time so i decided to just go over there and have a couple of drinks and head home. I called my girlfriend Cynthia but she was not available. Her phone kept going straight to voicemail. She was probably out of town with Bobby for the weekend. Well thats her luck. Lonley old me won't stay at the house tonight, i have to catch my fun.
After spending close to three hours getting dressed, i walked out of my house and went straight to the club. I got there at past 11 and there was a long line. One of the reasons why clubbing was just not my thing, first to get into the tiny place i have to stand outside and for some reason it is today i decided to wear my Jimmy Choo's . I finally got in almost 30 mins later. I went straight to the bar and ordered a glass of "sex on the beach". Hmm, really good. I sat on the bar stool trying to observe the people in the crowd. Slow music was playing and couples clung tightly to each other dancing to the rhythm. I took a sip from my drink and started scrolling down my phone to at least find someone who would be available tonight to text. I sent out a couple of texts to some male friends to see who would be available and my other friend Odessa to see if she was in town. I looked up from my phone as i put it away and something caught my eyes. Tony!! He was all over this brown skinned chic with long black hair. She was all over him too smiling, the chemistry was pretty strong. Tony is Odessa's boyfriend, its so funny I just thought of her and her man is here with some other chic developing more than just "chemistry". I was geting upset, my phone vibrated in my purse, i got a text message from ... Guess who? Odessa
"Hey girl, I am not in town, my car broke down and i can't get a hold of Tony, he hasnt picked up his phone all day". She wrote. Well if Odessa can't get a hold of Tony, I can because he is a few steps away from me. I was about to send a text message to her to let her know what was going on and then i thought twice about it. Should I?