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This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

 This little light of mine’s anything BUT…. she’s in fact the brightest spark in my life…. the center of my Universe! Your light will so shine, that darkness would not comprehend In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen! For T-gurl, mine mini-me and Little Miss Sunshine! Mummy loves you to the moon and all the sweet  way back….in ways unfathomable that you couldn’t possibly begin to imagine!

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My phone rings out to announce the arrival of my little princess from school, as is being revealed by the Caller ID on display! I hastily make my way outside to receive her from her Nanny and in her usual characteristic manner, she jumped out of her school bus excitedly as she’s done a countless number of times, and makes for me; whilst presenting me with a familiar colorful card she waved gleefully and held up to my face! I scooped her up in my waiting arms, gave her a tight squeeze in the form of a Bear-hug and there we were; happily locked in an affectionate embrace for what seemed like forever!

Its that time of the year….the Yuletide Season and as is become the norm and tradition, the little card was an invite for her school’s Annual Christmas Party & Concert, with chosen theme for this year being ‘Hippo Chrimbo Concert’! This theme’s in line with that beautiful  Christmas Old Classic and Novelty Song titled ‘I Want An Hippopotamus For Christmas’! It was sang and performed back then in 1953 by the very young and mighty talented Gayla Peevey! One of my personal favorites by the way cause of its comedic vibe and flavor!

Concert day arrives and we’re dressed to the nines, looking every inch the part! With my little Princess gorgeously draped in a Bejeweled Champagne-Gold Colored Ball Gown that glittered….bling, bling; complete with a tiara…. the dress code specifically favored for her class! She was most adorable….divine!

We set out for her school! It was a most glamorous event, a big monster blow out of an end of year party and all the children dazzled, bringing the stage alive in a variety of fun line-ups to include Ballet Dance Performances, Drama Presentations, Rendition of Christmas Carols and Hymns amongst others! We returned home pretty fulfilled, totally bushed and dead-beat…it was a more than perfect day!

The following day, it dawned on me the new resumption date, amongst other pieces of information the school authority would otherwise have passed on to parents right before the show wrapped was not given us! I figured it was an oversight on their part amidst all of the frenzy that greeted the celebrations….we’d all been taken over by the fun and merriment renting the hour, literally! I therefore had it in my plans to put a call through to the Head-teacher at some point during the course of the day, to get up to speed ’bout those little details we’d missed out on!

Somehow, I went the entire day having done all I had on my to-do list, save for putting a call through to my little girl’s school! I’d blame that lil snafu on fate, if I could just get past the fact that I’d been a poor planner perhaps?! Nah! Its the fates as I later came to find out! Hehehe

Early next day, a slightly chilly Saturday morning, I was jolted awake from my beauty sleep by a rather loud noise that seemed to be coming from my main gate! I groggily climbed outta bed, with sleep still heavy in my eyes; and reached for my phone!

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I always ensure to put my phone on silent mode right before retiring for the night! On checking through, I found I had several missed calls from my daughter’s Nanny! Just as I was about to put a call through to her, she beat me to it! ‘Hello Ma’am, Good Morning to you; could you please come on out to your front gate and admit us in’?! ‘We’ve been here awhile and your phone’s been ringing no response’! Without uttering a word, I raced out the door to go see what this whole strange occurrence was all ’bout! School was out after all and the holidays were in! What’s with the early morning unexpected house-call?!

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On reaching outside, I was greeted by the most ‘ah-mazing’ sight E-V-E-R! Pretty outlandish and wayyy out there…..grandiose! A bus prettily decorated and filled to overflowing…to the rafters, with an assortment of treats and gifts, a Staff Member of the School who’d  dressed up and assumed the role of Santa Claus, in his full, immaculate red and snowy white garbs, his helper and of course, the gentleman who’d driven and conveyed ’em down to my abode, seated pretty and sporting a real cute friendly smile; behind the wheel!

These pleasant forward-thinking dears were on a mission….paying unscheduled home visits…. courtesy calls, to unsuspecting parents and kids, bearing gifts, treats and holiday cheers in the spirit of the season! These guys gave us absolutely no hints, no clues whatsoever; like there were no cracks allowed for anything to slip through! There was nothing to suggest to anyone that something of this nature was in the works….nothing was jumping out at us! We were totally blindsided and taken over by surprise!  I was held spellbound, reeling…in an utter state of shock!

Having registered their presence and with goals fully achieved of course, by my obvious discomfiture and astonishment, Santa Claus broke the ice! Speaking up, he said, ‘Good Morning Ma’am and a very Happy Holidays to you’! ‘We believe a  little darling girl who goes by the name of Tami, stays at this address’! ‘We have a delivery to make….most especially for her’!

 

I somehow resisted and subdued the sudden urge to laugh out loud, instead; I quickly gathered my wits ’bout me and responded thus,

‘Good Morning Santa Claus, Compliments of the Season and this right here’s a most pleasant surprise’! ‘You’re at the right place Sir, she does reside here but is fast asleep at this time, all snuggled and cozied up to her favorite bed and sleeping mate…Winnie the Pooh’! ‘I could receive the tidings and goodwill on her behalf if its no bother’!

‘I’m so sorry Ma’am, says Santa Claus, but the instructions are clear…this delivery must be given her in person and moreover, there’s also the handshake and hug aspect’!

‘Very well then Santa Claus, if you’ll come this way; I made a gesture with my hands, I’ll lead you straight to she, whom you seek’!

And so it was decided! We marched on to where my little princess laid as snug as a bug in a rug, and in faraway Slumber-land….in the Purple and Pink Room that’s her little haven!

Santa Claus gave her a gentle tap and called out her name! At the point her eyes opened up, that moment was simply just surreal….beautiful beyond words! She couldn’t believe her eyes as she looked from Santa Claus, to his helper and then me!

I sniggered as Santa Claus helped my little Princess out of her bed and  spoke to her as his helper passed on the gifts and treats to him! By the time he was done, hugging and shaking her hands, she knew this was anything but a dream!

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Work done, Santa Claus and his goodly gang said their byes; leaving us gaping with absolute wonderment of the whole magical experience, cause that was what it finally did come down to….a most enchanting experience!

We thanked and wished ’em farewell as we caught up to ’em outdoors! ‘Happy Holidays again, be seeing you same time next year, Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!’ says Santa Claus a-merrily, cheerily; gleefully!

‘Next year huh’?! I thought, ‘Oh by Gee but I could REALLY get used to this, wouldn’t miss it for the world’! I mean, too much of a good thing can actually be wonderful, as the stunning and pretty witty Mae West affirms, right?! Mwah-ha-ha!

I was glued and rooted to the spot till the bus disappeared from view, as I watched ’em go in a daze! Santa’s got several miles to go yet and a lot more stops to make to unsuspecting kids, I pondered in my mind!

Moreover and most worthy of note, my little Princess hasn’t exactly gotten over this happenstance, its made quite the impression on her and she just cannot stop talking ’bout it! I’ll wager this magical moment would stay with her for years to come, a keepsake to treasure! Memories are precious and they last several lifetimes!

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We just never know what a day might bring, and I’ve since adopted the perfect lines….’Everyday’s The Sweetest Days We’ll Ever Know’, as sung in that golden oldie tune by the gorgeous Vanessa Williams titled ‘Sweetest Days’! Its just what it is, we’re here this moment and its the only thing that matters….. the only thing that SHOULD matter! Tomorrow’s promised no one, we may as well seize this day and make the best of it!

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Here’s conveying an abundance of Holiday Cheers, complete with gleeful tidings of comfort and of joy; the way of all and sundry! May y’all experience a most gloriously divine encounter and visitation in this Yuletide Season from your very own ‘Secret Santa’, who’d spring up on y’all in the most unexpected of  ways; bearing every good and perfect gifts that comes forth only from the Heavens above, plus those as scribbled on your individual Wish-Lists, in accordance to His perfect will!

Thank you so much for reading folks, and have y’all a very Merry, Rocking Christmas Celebration and a pretty exciting ’16 in advance! Happy Holidays y’all, One love and Shalom!

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Of Pageants And slip-UPS….Yikes 2!

And so it was, my fate was decided….signed, sealed and delivered! It was almost as though I was staring down the barrels of a double-barrel shotgun or pump-action, so-called in some quarters; just waiting for the trigger to go off and blow up in my face, with the Marksman and Sniper, wielding the ‘arsenal of mass destruction’; being my pesky, plenty insensitive Commandant of course! In that moment, I closed my eyes shut, a gazillion thoughts running through my mind by the milliseconds; and whilst still trying to process, make a complete sense of and more or less; wrap my fingers or head around and ’bout what was ’bout ready to go down, I figured well; it was as good a time as any for a quick dash, a trip down memory lane!

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My momma’s sonorous voice echoed through my subconscious and I coulda sworn I heard her scream….’Yemi, laugh like a lady’, as she’s wont to doing; in her usual characteristic manner, as I shared one of a lotta laughs with my brothers, and their friends in our frontyard! At such times, I tend to do a double take and for a little less than two minutes, all’s but silent and peaceful! You’d be correct to say or term that split moment as ‘the calm before the storm’, cause almost immediately, my buddies and I pick up from whence we left off and launch straightway into a tailspin…. a whirlwind of mad hysterics; shattering the nascent tranquility that once was; even if only for a spell!

At this point, our collective laughter’s practically slicing through the calmness of the evening and reverberating in the distance! I mean really, laugh like a lady?! What’s that?! Never quite knew there was a certain way both of the sexes were expected and or meant to laugh! Plus, that’s quite a tacky thing, seeing as laughter for the most part is a spontaneous action; it just happens! Who plans for such and then goes on to rehearsing how it oughta be done right and perfectly in line with one’s gender?! Well, definitely not me! Really, where’s the fun and fulfillment in a planned, ‘ladylike’ laughter where I can’t just let go of my inhibitions and pretty much be myself?! Am always one for a good laugh, so; Nah! I’ll simply have to pass on that ladylike bit! Soo NOT for me!

Okay! Maybe, just maybe I oughta have listened to my momma’s admonition back then! Maybe, just maybe….again, there’s a teeny, pretty tiny bit of truth and a slight chance that mummies really DO know best! Maybe! Why does it always rain on me…Eish!

Standing there like a condemned felon ’bout to be led to the gallows, I wished I’d had more practice at being a ‘lady’ and acting like one! Were mum a witness to these whole set up, she’d definitely say ‘I did tell you so Sweetness, didn’t I?! And sure enough, I’d feel guilty for a bit and then say to her ‘It isn’t over till its over mum, watch me as I take back control and drag myself outta this ‘crisis’! Needless to say, I was not gonna just give in without putting up a fight! I mean, where does this bully get off, dictating to me what I should or should not do?! I’d be sooo damned if I allowed for him carry on in the way he did, without a care; like I had absolutely nothing to say or do ’bout his excesses!

As the time slowly ticked away, and he was getting his little glam squad ready to come work their ‘wonders’ and ‘magic’ on unwilling me, it literally quite occurred to me that I had no costumes! Bingo!!! That’s just what I need! Is this my lucky day or what?! I’ll bet the bully didn’t even stop to think ’bout those! What’s a pageant without costumes and the whole full regalia that goes into making it what it oughta?! I grinned mischievously as this thought fully registered in my mind and then I found my voice again!

‘Sir, I’d really love and consider it a great honor to represent this platoon’,I said, whilst effortlessly lying through my squeaky white teeth; but I didn’t exactly come prepared for anything, least of all a beauty pageant’! ‘You see Sir, I continued on; trying desperately hard not to give away and hide that absolute delight I was feeling at the time; at having stumbled on a winning excuse to hit the road and return back to my life as I knew it; before this whole pageant nightmare thingy reared its ugly head! ‘I don’t quite possess the full regalia I’d be needing for an event of this nature’! ‘I’m very sorry Sir’, I finished, perfectly convinced this was the big break I needed to get outta my predicament! I’d like to see him recover and come back from this shocker I sneered inwardly, I’ll bet he didn’t see that coming! Bullseye!!!

In thy face, suckerrr!!! YES!

Having acted out my script so well, I’d expected to hear something along the lines of, ‘Oh, that’s true; without a costume, you can’t enter for the contest’, no hassles; you can go now’! Like duh! Wishful thinking! If there was ever a time I desperately wished to have that infamous phrase ‘Be careful what you wish for, for you just might get it’, happen to me, this was as good  a time as any! But then, FAT chance! Psst!

Dude was unmoved and I wondered if he’d even heard a word of what I’d said! By the time he spoke up, I was in for a shocker of my own! He dropped the bomb on me that he’d sourced for all of the costumes I’d be needing and I needn’t bother my pretty lil sweet head ’bout a thing! All the bases were pretty much covered to the minutest detail! All I needed do was shut up, show up, go with the flow, smile and be real pretty, after going through a beauty regimen and fitting session to see which of ’em costumes was all ‘me’, as in; the ones that fitted perfectly! Huh?! Rats, what gumption!!! Oh, how very splendidly classy! Oomph!

‘There goes my gazillion pounds plan to elude and wriggle outta this bad episode, but if this Soldier man thinks he’s gotten me boxed into a corner and figured out, then he’s got something else coming’, I muttered to myself! I’ll die first before being paraded and put on exhibition like some piece of artwork or ‘artefact’ for hungry eyes to take in, ravage and make a spectacle of! It should be my call, not his or anyone else’s!  Why in the name of all things that he holds sacred, can he not just get it and ‘for-GIT’ it?! Why?!

It was on to plan ‘B’ for me! ‘Sir, I’m sorry but its taboo that I wear other people’s items of clothing, its completely against my beliefs and principles, that I share those with strangers’! I was getting very flustered and frustrated at this point and I’d pretty much hoped he’d just respect my stance and let me off the hook already! ‘Its really nice that you don’t wear other people’s clothes but am also sure that it wouldn’t be taboo to have you sent to a faraway local government area lacking of basic amenities and infrastructure; for your primary assignment’, he said! And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse off than they already were, he chipped in this…’IN A CANOE RIDE!!!’ Finishing with an air of arrogance and super-authoritative finality! The Sonofagun!

Can he REALLY do that and am I also in the form and mood to find out?! I asked myself as I pondered over my next course of action! Does he wield that much of an influence and power to make good on his threat of having me bundled off to the middle of nowhere or shall I just call his bluff, walk and damn the consequences?! This guy’s dreadful, he sure knows how to play dirty and had pretty much planned everything down to the last detail! Plus, he’d quite anticipated I’d put up some kinda fight and resistance in doing his bidding! What an Eel! Slippery and oh so sly! So, am left in the dumps and at a crossroad…..to be or not to be?!

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I thought, a few hours in Hell or a coupla months in HELL?…. suddenly realizing all of my plans had finally hit a dead-end! It really was a no-brainer as I resignedly but begrudgingly accepted to represent my platoon on the big night, which in retrospect was just a very few number of hours, ticking real slowly but steadily away, having settled for the lesser of two evils! ‘Its all for the best’, I comforted myself; better the pageant than some remote far off place off of the world map, where I’d be left hanging out on the rails to dry! The horror!

`174 | Hanging by a moment. | by v1nz`

That was how my little diatribe and debacle with ‘Major Pain’ played out! The next coupla hours was gonna be a real trying one for me, as my whole world was sent plunging on a downward spiral, spinning right outta control! Plus, my perception ’bout pageants and those who are brave enough to muscle up the courage and guts to participate in ’em, was changed forever!  Oh yeah!

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