Before it was love gone sour It was love at first sight, after branching at a well, thirsty from a pursuit from the father’s house, though guilty and worthy of death, but still in this awkward situation, a damsel, who could have thought?
Not to bore you with too much details, this love was so strong that in less than a month he has sought for her father’s permission to “pluck the flower in his garden”, like they say it here in Nigeria. But in their custom, nothing is free, theirs is worse than the 100 strokes of the cane on the groom’s bare back observed by the Fulani tribe of the West Africa.
No amount of price can make him turn back at this point, so he served for 84 full weeks with no pay, in the livestock department of his father in law’s company. On top babe! Abeg! But he did.
At last, the wedding day, day dreaming of how that moment will be. He has waited 2556 (two thousand five hundred and fifty-six) days for that moment, not aware of his father in law’s plan to help the bride’s elder sister. Let me tell you something about the bride’s sister, she is got weak and dull looking eyes. I guess she has never been approached by a man before and there seems to be no hope.
The celebration could not start until evening, like 7 hours behind schedule. All this was part of the father’s plan. It was a talk of the town with the entire neighborhood in attendance, there was eating and drinking but all these did not seem to make meaning to him, his mind was in the prepared chamber, where his damsel awaits him.
After it was all said and done, he was cheered into the chamber. For whatever reason, no light was provided to illuminate the room, could it be part of tradition? I am sure if you are this long-awaited husband to be, lantern won’t cross your mind, beholding the figure laying on the bed before him.
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I apologize for that, the details of what happened in those dark hours was censored out.
Now it is morning, our guy was awoken by the warmth his wife’s flesh on his. On opening his eyes, the first thing that came to his mind was “what kind of dream is this, why will I be dreaming of being in bed naked with my wife’s sister after such a wonderful night with the one I love” his thought was interrupted by her voice “you were great last night”.
He is back to reality, the wrong woman is in bed. He has been deceived fully aided by the pitch black darkness. LOVE HAS GONE SOUR.
Ok! This is where I will stop. This is a true life story for those of you still doubting its possibility. It happened a very long while ago though.
WHY THIS STORY?: A single moment of ignorance can sink seven years labor and leave you with an unwanted burden and regret for life. Seek knowledge! The great king David once said “Your word is light to my feet and light to my path” – Psalm 119:105 referring to God’s word.
God’s word will keep you from stumbling in the journey of life through this dark world. Proverbs 4:13 (paraphrased) Take fast hold of knowledge from God’s mouth; let her not go; keep her for she is your life.
Thank you for reading , I pray for that you will not fall victim of ignorance. Kindly leave a comment.
Oludapo Tolulope. A