September 21, 2007
Later On In My Life
It all started when I was sleeping on my comfortable bed. I was dreaming about my grandfather and grandmother. They’ve been with each other for a long time and they still loved each passionately. Since they have both died, I never got the chance to ask them what they thought true love was. This thought seemed so far away, as if it was out of my grasp. I woke up; my mind seemed to wander off, until I noticed my parents appearing before me. In concern, I sat up on the edge of my bed, nearer to them. My parents gave me a picture of a man and announced that I will be staying with my cousin, Emmanuel, in Nigeria for a year. Hearing this, I depressingly laid back in bed. It felt as though my ears were not hearing the truth. I thought to myself, “First Japan, then Brazil, now Nigeria!” My parents, noticing my unbelieving eyes, became aware that I did not want to go to Nigeria and therefore, did not ask of my opinion. I was surprised that they did not argue or talk it over with me. I then saw all my bags and materials in the living-room. My mother then yelled out, “You’re leaving first thing tomorrow!” Since there seemed to be no other option, I decided to go and got ready to leave for my destination.
Taking the British airlines, I had finally arrived to Nigeria. Upon boarding, the weather felt tropical. I could see banana trees and monkeys jumping from one tree branch to another, it was amazing! It was then that I thought to myself, “Maybe this won’t be so bad.” I was waiting for the airline workers to check my passport and then got my bags. I then saw my cousin, Emmanuel. He looked exactly like the man I saw in the picture. I was ready to be escorted out of the airport and into the tropical city. Emmanuel greeted me and put all my things in the car. As we were driving towards our destination, two young pastors were walking along the sidewalk. Emmanuel then stopped and humbly asked them if they would...