From the first moment he saw her walk into the restaurant he knew she was his wife
He didn’t have any dream
He didn’t see any vision
He didn’t know her from Adam
But as soon as he saw her
His eyes stayed glued to her
How do you even talk to a lady like this?
What would you say?
She was dressed like freshly minted dollars
Her car keys screamed "out of this world" luxury
Her hair, her necklace, her hand chain, her wristwatch, everything oozed money
And he was a waiter
Catering to the needs of customers like her
He watched her guardedly
He didn’t want her to assume he was starring, and yet he starred!
His heart beating like a locomotive train
She waited for almost 30 minutes, made some calls and then made her order
She ordered salad and water
He avoided her table like a plague
Made sure those who served her did so with excellence
She spent roughly an hour at their restaurant and left
From that day he became restless!
He knew he would have his shot
He just had to be deliberate and precise
A week later she came in
By this time he had perfected his strategy
A customer satisfaction survey was given to her
She reluctantly took it and filled it
After she left, he took the form and copied her phone numbers
That night he wrote to her on ‘’Whatsapp”
“Every time I see you, I ask myself, what would it take to sit across the table from you and be washed in the gusher of your smile? What would it take to hold your hands and look right into your dancing eyes?
What would it take to place my head on your chest and hear the melodious sound of life as our hearts sync into one? What would it take?
If it will take silver, you will have to wait, if it will take gold you will have to deny me, if it will take the material, I’ll be immaterial! But if it will take courage, boldness, love, faithfulness, hard work and sincerity, my heart is asking, do you know I beat for you? ”
He deliberated about sending it, checked and rechecked the wordings of his message for errors and sent it!
She saw it!
It was from a strange number but it melted her heart
She couldn’t even dare ignore it
It felt very genuine
“I am worth my weight in gold with everybody, but for someone I love, a sincere heart is enough”
He got the message and punched the air
He couldn’t sleep all night
Will she be true to her words?
They wrote back and forth to each other for several weeks
He was smart not to slip into the “dear’’, ‘honey’, ‘sweetie’ mode
He went straight to the point
Telling her about his day, describing his mundane and boring world to her in very colourful ways
She liked it
She took the time to respond, although less elaborately but she always responded
Her best friend saw her smiling at her phone like a roasted grass cutter one evening
Girls have an instinct for these things
Her friend prodded her
She spilled her guts
“I have a secret admirer, we’ve been talking for four months, I don’t know how he does it but every night and every morning, he sends me a message. A poem that lights up my day and brightens my dreams”
She showed her friend some of the messages
They were very good
Her Friend: “Do you know who he is?”
Her friend: Let’s find out
She: I have tried, he was very careful. On Facebook, he used my name and picture under the pseudonym “Umero uno”
I tried true caller, he was not listed
I decided to let him be
Her Fried: What about calling him
She: I tried, he wouldn’t pick
Her friend: Aren’t you curious? Don’t you want to meet with him? He obviously loves you
She: Sometimes the Idea of love is sweeter than the reality of love. I am just enjoying the attention at the moment. It keeps me warm at night. His words had been like a balm to my weary soul
Her friend copied the number to her phone and dialed it, without her permission!
Her friend: Hi, this is so and so. I work with such and such limited. We have a package for the owner of this phone number but we cannot be sure of the name to use. Please who am I speaking with and may I have your address please? (All these while she was struggling with her friend for the phone)
He told her
“He works at her favourite restaurant. His name is this and that. He is a waiter.”
She felt violated by her friend, they had a row!
Her friend tried to apologize but she would not hear it
It was a flagrant abuse of trust and friendship
That night he sent her a message
“I felt you called me today.
I heard your voice in the background, muffled but distinct
I have not stayed hidden out of shame
I stayed hidden out of guile
I wanted to enjoy the idea of you
And make you settle into the idea of me
To make up for the making of me
As you may see me today before my tomorrow”
She felt very unhappy
His message had a finality to it
The dream had been taken away!
She went to the restaurant the next day, he was off duty
She called him, he picked, and they met at a park
She liked him but what would she tell her father was wrong with her?
He was “a nobody” whose most valuable asset right then might be her phone number
What would she tell her friends
What would she tell the world?
He just wouldn’t cut it
He didn’t even mention a relationship
He just told her he had always loved her and he was happy he was able to spend that moment, however brief with the love of his life
She tried to accommodate him for that day, make his five minutes under the sun as painless as possible
He didn’t let her pay for anything
He had pride!
That was good
He also talked a lot less, he looked at her with such intensity she saw his bare soul
As the left
He walked her to the car
She stylishly put a bit of a distance between them
She doesn’t know who might be passing
She didn’t want people to see
He smiled and paused a bit to give her some more space
She got into her car
As she drove all, he waved and bowed curtly
A wiry smile on his face!
That night, he called her friend
He said he wanted to thank her for pushing them to meet
He had become comfortable with the writing routine and lost the courage to push for what he truly wanted
He was happy the bead had broken
He rang off!
Her friend cried bitterly
What had she done?
The young man was content to love in secret
But she knew her friend
She knew their love bubble was a mirage
She just wanted the young man in question to see her friend for who she really was, and move on!
Her friend would never date anybody beneath her father’s approval
A poet can never be in that category
She went to the restaurant the next day
Met the young man
He was writer, a first class graduate of literature and a waiter by day!
Her friend asked to see some of his works
They were quite good
Her friend pushed for his works to be published
Also pushed for his employment at a private university
Within a year, he was better placed
He had a good apartment and a car
He wore his best suit
Called the love of his life
“Can we see please?”
They met at an Italian restaurant
He filled her in on his recent leaps
Didn’t mention the role her friend played (That was the friend’s desire)
Asked her if he could call on her and take her out once in a while
She said: My Father has four houses in four major cities of this country and one abroad before the age of 30, anybody that will marry me must match his achievement or surpass it! I don’t do poor or barely enough!”
I am happy for your upward stride in life but you can never get there fast enough for me! You are 28, a junior lecturer and writer. We would just be wasting each other’s time!
After the meal, she stood to leave
He didn’t stand
He wanted her to leave alone so that people won’t see him with her
He didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable
He waited a bit
He drove to her friend’s house
He was not heart broken, he was motivated to do more with his life
Her friend was asleep
She kept him waiting for a few minutes while she freshened up
She opened the door
He drew her close
He kissed her
Right at the door of her father’s house!
She kissed him back
They were there for like forever
Eventually their flight landed
Her friend: Why did you do that?
He: I know you love me but you would be talking about a friend code now and deny me the opportunity to love you back
I wanted you to know that I understand and that I am grateful. I will like to love you back
Please think about it.
She went to see her friend that evening
They talked about many things
They talked about him
Her friend: Can I date him?
She: You can do whatever you want but know this, if you date him, our friendship ends
Her Friend: Don’t be like that. You said you don’t want him
She: Yes, I don’t but I do not want to see him. I don’t want to know if he succeeds or fails. I have made my decision and I don’t want one day tell myself I made the wrong decision based on my observation of his relationship with someone close to me. So if you choose him, don’t come looking for me anymore!
Her Friend hugged her!
They had been friends for eleven years!
They both cried
Later that night, her friend called him
Her friend: Are you at home
Her friend: I am at the door
He opened his door
She was standing right there!
He pulled her in
He kissed her
She kissed him
He opened the bottle
Its content gushed out
She needed that night
To be sure her decision was right
They got married two years later
He founded his own printing press
Consulted for churches for their writing jobs
Consulted for big companies
Became a millionaire
He built houses in his country and travels abroad a lot
He never bought any house abroad
He had four children
Three girls and one boy
Their marriage had its patches but is now 12 years strong
She is now 42
Waiting for the man of her dreams