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Drifted [Chapter 4]

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Early Saturday morning was quiet and siren, just the way Annah liked it. She resumed her spot as usual, and watched the break of a new dawn keenly, like she was witnessing it for the first time. 

Her camera was soon doing its magic as went round their building, capturing anything that caught her fancy. It was at times like this, when she totally engrossed herself in photography that she wished she was an artist too.

How nice and fulfilling it would have been to paint some of these pictures and have them not just in her camera film but in her art Gallery!

She was soon back to the house and ready to fix herself something for breakfast. She connected her Bluetooth speaker to her phone with Shaggy’s strength of a woman blaring at it’s it’s highest volume as she tossed herself breakfast.

One skill she had acquired from her mum, one she had loved really much was “baking”. Her mum performed magic in that department. There was no limit to what she could make out of flour. A skill that leaves both Annah and her dad awed every single time. Annah wasn’t sure they were ever going to get used to that part of her mum.

She was soon done with the pancakes, dancing to the tune of her music as she broke the eggs into frying pan. She was a huge fan of fried eggs.

Even though there was already egg in the pancake, she would always fry another set of eggs to add to it, a combination that has caused her parents and anyone who heard about it nickname her “weirdo”. 

She was now smiling as the memories came flooding. Even though she was having a good alone time, she missed her parents.

She was soon ready for her day’s patrol. She was ready to drive round town. She craved to visit every nook and cranny of Beverly hills. She couldn’t wait for the amazing pictures that will be added to her collection once she was done.

Of course, Roses inn! That will be her last resort. The best place to chill and calm her nerves before heading back home. 

With the loads of hours still ahead of her, she was determined to go home late. The plan was to spend both the day time and the evening outside the house, embrace her bed tightly, and drift into a sound sleep the moment she got home.

As she pulled up at one of the streets she came across, she was amazed at what she saw. The view was just perfect, as though it was arranged for her. A thought suddenly crossed her mind as she took the snapshots: “why not start a blog?”.

“She was surprised she hadn’t thought about that before then. Of what use were her pictures if no one could view and appreciate them?

She liked her pictures, no doubt but it was one thing to like the pictures yet another for someone else to appreciate them.

“Do you need help with that?” came a voice, an unfamiliar one, jerking her back to the present.

“Excuse me”, she was surprised.

“Do you need help with the picture?” the voice repeated.

Annah hadn’t noticed she had held out her camera infront of her as though trying to take a picture of herself with the flowers.

“No, thank you”, she said and made to walk away.

“On a second thought, yes please”. She said, smiling at the young man.

“Alright. It will be an honor to take snapshots of a beautiful lady like you” he smirked.

Annah intentionally didn’t reply. Pretending not to have heard the guy, she poised for her pictures. She couldn’t remember the last time she took pictures of herself with her camera. 

“Thanks”, she said, the moment he was done, collected her camera and made to leave.

“My name is Daniel. Dan for short” the guy called out.

“Nice to meet you Dan. Thanks again for the photos”, Annah shouted in reply.

Can I at least know your name?

“Goodbye Dan” Annah smiled, entered her car and drove off.

She drove about the rest of the streets of Beverly hills, taking pictures of whatever, wherever and whenever.

The thought of creating a blog was strong in her heart that it was soon all she could think about. “That means series of hardwork” she muttered to herself.

The only use she could make out of a computer was search things on Google. How then was she going to go about designing and hosting a website?

She pulled into Roses inn and as usual, made her way in. She hadn’t realized how worried an expression she was putting on until the friendly waitress who served her the last time she was there asked her if everything was ok.

“Excuse me” she responded, surprised.

“Are you alright, you look really worried.” the waitress repeated.

“Oh, that! I’m good. I’m just a little bothered about how to go about creating a website.” Annah managed a smile.

“Let me guess, you want to create a website but you don’t know how and you don’t have the cash to hire a professional.”

“Exactly!”

“That’s sad. I know a guy who can design websites. He isn’t a professional though but he was able to help me with mine. The problem is if he will have the time and also if he would want to do it for free”, the lady’s face was blank for some minutes before she continued.

I can’t give you his contact, he wouldn’t like that. Here is what will happen: drop your contact with me, whenever he comes around here, I will talk to him about it and then get back to you.

“You will do that for me! Thank you so much” Annah was both thrilled and surprised.

Just one question dear:”when next do you think he would drop by here?”.

This week. He comes here at least once a week. He stays in the neighborhood though will soon be relocating. “I’m sure he will be here before the week runs out” she reassured.

“Alright, thanks a million times. You are a life saver! May I have the sandwich now please?” Annah smiled.

“Sure, coming right up!” the waitress smiled back 

“These people don’t only have the most beautiful lifestyle I have ever seen but also seem to be really nice people. The typical brother’s keepers!” Annah thought to herself.

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  1. SelmaMartin

    September 25, 2021 at 6:13 am

    A concerned friend is wondering where you are. Medical school must be hard work– all that studying. I haven’t seen you around in over a week, thus the friendly holler. Be well dear Dera. See you around soon. I wish you miracles.
    Oh, and thanks for this lovely post. Well done.

    • Dera

      September 25, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Awhnn 🤭, I feel so loved 🤗. Thanks a lot my friend. I’ve been on exams hence the little time off. Still on exams though my time table is a little spaced out now. Thanks for checking up on me, it means a lot more than you know ❣️

      • SelmaMartin

        September 25, 2021 at 2:11 pm

        Be well. Wishing you miracles.

        • Vicky buchi

          October 14, 2021 at 4:23 am

          Nne,thank God for thus far you have gone

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If you do that, you will be choked. Ha! You don’t even need to wait until you get that job appointment letter before you start walking worthy of your dream profession. You start early. You begin to organize things in your head early enough. You get down to work early enough, that’s the right way to life”


“Hmmm… these words are true” I nodded.


“Now Doctor, balance in the things you do is paramount to life. It doesn’t really makes sense that you are being applauded in your office for your outstanding commitment but your family is deprived of joy because of your lack of commitment, and your relationship with God is at the mercy of your work. Now , I need you to return to your drawing board again and look through your life once more. Write down your responsibilities and arrange them in order of priority. God first, family second, job and then any other thing that you ought to be committed to.

Allocate your time effectively and appropriately to these priorities. Problems comes when you try to rob Peter to pay Paul. You spend time communing with your creator not because you don’t have any other thing to do, but because it is very important for your continuity as a strong Christian and because you love him. You spend time with your family not because there are no more patients to attend to in the hospital, but because you love your family too. I tell you if these are all in check- your relationship with God is flourishing and your family is happy, you will even do more in your place of work; you will be more effective as a Medical Doctor when those other two are intact. I am speaking from experience. God will help you my dear as you look into these things we’ve discussed today and prayerfully work on them”
“Thank you very much Mummy. God bless you richly for me.”


“You’re welcome dear. My regards to your husband. Sammy is really a true son of his father” Mummy laughed.


“Thanks mummy”


“Yeah, on a very serious note, your husband is mature. From the way he handled this issue, I can tell you that. Not all men will handle this matter the way your husband did. Matters like this has brought about infidelity and distrust in families. I am a marriage counselor, you can take my word for it. I have seen things in the past. So my dear, you should thank God for giving you such a God-fearing, reasonable, coordinated and understanding bro as a soul mate’


“Yes ma, I keep God thanking for him” I smiled


“And I will commend you too for setting your heart to make things right again. Not all women will do as you have done. Some ladies will rather ignore their husbands plea. They wouldn’t care whether their home is leaking or not. It’s usually when things have gone beyond clean repair that they come crying for help… But I bless God for you both… so can we pray now? Or do have any other question to ask?”


“No ma, I don’t”


“Ok, let us pray,” we held our hands together, “Dear heavenly father I thank you for the family of my sister. I thank you because you are restoring peace, love and joy in this family. Oh father I ask that you give your daughter the grace and wisdom to set her priorities aright and put her life in order. Give her the strength she needs to handle these responsibilities before her. We thank you father for hearing us. We’ve prayed in Jesus’ name”


“Amen”


I left mummy’s office refreshed and revitalized. Mummy’s words were true and on point. I took my corrections. I re-strategized; I strived for a balanced life. Setting my priorities right, allocating my time aptly to things has been one of my biggest secrets. And now, KNOWING GOD MORE HAS BEEN MY GREATEST DESIRE; A LIFE OF INTIMACY WITH GOD IS THE LIFE WORTHY OF LIVING. Now praying and studying the word does not depend on my feeling; I do them because they are life to me. I have also been doing well at work, you know… much more better than I used to. As for my relationship with my family, it’s been flowers upon flowers.


I am Doctor Angie!

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“You are right Sammy, you are very correct.”
“Ehen! So I suggest you speak with her” Sammy suggested
“And that’s exactly what I will do. I’ll find time this week and pay her a visit”
That night, the weight of my negligence pressed down heavily on me. I have been shying away from my responsibilities and there the truth was, staring bitterly at me.


It didn’t take any stress at all to schedule a meeting with Mummy Adaeze. Mummy is a very caring woman. She gave me a warm welcome, and soon enough, we got talking..


“My dear, this issue is not peculiar to you. As a matter of fact, many working class ladies have similar issues- the issue of balance. Now let me shock you, I had similar challenge” Mummy Adaeze admitted.


“You did?”
“Yes I did. When I got married newly I struggled with balancing a lot of things. A lot of things were pressing on me. So many things were demanding my attention at the same time. And you know as a Pastor’s wife, I even have more responsibilities than you know”
“Hmm…”


“Well, it didn’t take me much time to find my feet. I adjusted to my new life with its responsibilities soon enough… Do you know why?”


“No ma” I replied…


“That’s because that challenge did not take me by surprise. This kind of challenge shouldn’t take you by surprise. You should expect them to come and prepare ahead of them. As a single sister and a medical student, I knew a lot would lie on my shoulders in future, so I began my preparations soon enough. That is why I always tell sisters and even brothers to prepare for the future. Prepare for marriage. Marriage is not a small thing ooo, it is not a joking matter..

It’s beyond the butterflies in your belly as a single sister or brother in love. It’s beyond that, my dear. You and I that are married can testify to this. But you see, many of the single brothers and sisters don’t know these things. That is why I sound it like a bell in their ears each time I have the opportunity to do so. And there are those that are aware of this, but have not all really given attention to it. Wisdom is not limited to knowing a thing, it is in applying the facts that you know. You agree with me?”


“Yes ma, I do”


“I tell young people; ‘Envision your future. You want to be a Doctor or a banker and you will also be a wife or a husband, how do you intend combining these? You will also be a parent, you will be someone’s in-law, how do you intend to manage these and other responsilities that will be saddled on your neck in no distant time, and still burn for God?


Sisters, you will be pregnant someday. Have you thought of the weaknesses that come with pregnancy, most especially the challenges of childbirth? I have heard of sisters who allowed their relationship with God to dwindle because they were pregnant or were newly delivered of a baby with the excuse that their baby won’t allow them focus when praying. Different excuses!’


You see, That is why I keep encouraging our youths to build stability in this place of prayer and consistent fellowship with God. One of the benefits is that in the days of adversities, you will have a well within to draw from. It will give you an edge over the devil. But when you’ve not built stability, ordinary pregnancy or a transfer from place of work will knock you off your feet spiritually… My dear, I tell them…. And I will not hesitate to do that every other time. Sometimes I ask them ‘what future do you see? Begin now to organize your life towards that future. PLAN FOR THIS FUTURE AHEAD! You don’t need to wait until the engagement ring is on your finger before you start preparing for motherhood. You don’t need to wait till the day you say “I do” before you begin preparing for fatherhood.

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Then Sammy cleared his throat, finally.


“I am not against your work, sweetheart,’ he began. ‘As a matter of fact, I admire the way you’re passionate about your job. But my problem with you is that, you are misplacing your priorities. You have not yet learnt to balance your life as a working class lady that you are. All the time, it’s about your work. Like your family don’t matter much to you or we are second to your job in your list of priorities…”


“don’t talk like that Sammy,” I interrupted


“You are not paying much attention to me and your kid. I play the role of a father and even the role of a mother to our son. And it’s taking a toll on me. You are not always around. Even in the little times you are, you are always busy reading or researching. You are always too busy for my liking. You never even create time for me when I desire your company – not even when I want to share my day’s experiences with you nor when I request that you help Junior with his Assignments. Many times Junior and I have been forced to take indomie or bread or cornflakes, not because we wanted to, but because you were too busy to cook for your family… how fair is that? No, you tell me, how fair is that?’


‘”Oh pleeeaasseee Sammy!”
“I am married but I’m being starved of my wife’s company. Maybe you don’t value the moments we share together…’”


“But you know that’s not true honey” I protested.


“When was the last time we held hands and prayed together? When was the last time we trashed issues together in the place of prayer? These days, we don’t even get to share issues together let alone trashing them in prayer, all because my wife is too busy…”
“Sammy, this is getting to me” I cried.


“I don’t think it’s getting to you as much as it does to me… Maybe you’ve never sat down to ponder on this. I’ve noticed these days that you don’t spend quality time with God again personally. In the days when you try to, you are always in a hurry to go. I’m sure God himself is also complaining. Angie, you are too busy for your husband, too busy for your son and even too busy for God! Is this what you want? No, you answer me, are you okay with this?”


“No I’m not!”, I cried out, ” I don’t know how I got into this mess… I don’t know how things deteriorated to this extent. I never planned for this.. This wasn’t intentional”


“You are right! You never planned for this. You never gave it a priority to learn balance before you got married, bearing in mind that your choice profession is a demanding one. You did not prepare for your future as a Christian, a wife, a mother, a Doctor and even a daughter to your parents. Sweetheart , it’s obvious you did not prepare for this future that has befallen you. Even if you did, it’s clear that your preparation was not thorough..”


“I can’t deny that”


“As much as your work is a very sensitive one, you must learn to manage your life so that no aspect suffers. You must find balance. Your beauty as a woman lies in your ability to put things in order, to keep every area of your life in check. That’s how you command respect. And I know you my love, you can balance these if you truly want to. It’s just that you’ve not actually put these into consideration as you should”


“So what do you suggest I do now?”


“Mentorship” Sammy replied.


“Mentorship?”


“Yes submit yourself to mentorship. You are not above that, you know. Maybe you should speak with someone like Mummy Adaeze, the State Overseer’s wife. She is also a medical Doctor like you but you and I can attest to the fact that she’s doing well in managing other areas of her life- her relationship with God, the Church, her family, her relationship with people. Everything is on check!”

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