I’m glad I did. And it was worth it.
You see, it’s been more than twenty-one years since I lost my dad. My mum didn’t remarry. It was her own choice. I say so because she was still young and beautiful. I sense she must have had a couple of admirers then. But she decided not to marry again.
It took me time to understand the difference between loneliness and being alone. It’s not easy being alone on a day when couples – both young and old – celebrate love and companionship.
I remember some years past, she would tell me to take her out on Valentine’s Day, I usually turned her down. The fact is I just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand the feelings of being alone and missing someone until I watched my friend’s father after he lost his wife.
He was happy with his wife until she died. Since then, I saw that something changed in him. He is no more the same. It’s been tough with him – losing such a wonderful pillar to death. Even my friend misses his mum too.
But this post is about my time with my mum on Valentine’s Day. I’m glad I took her out – not some girl I was chasing but my mum.
We had a wonderful time out – gisting over a meal of roasted fish and some malt drinks.
She was happy too. I could literally see the glow on her face. I’m glad I didn’t turn her down this time around.
Most importantly, she blessed me at the end of the day. And to me, those heartfelt blessings is something that money cannot buy.
It’s true that I’m still single. But I don’t regret it. When I’m married, I want to be able to smile and be truly grateful whenever I reflect on my days of being single.
To me, seeing that glow on my mum’s face, that is a worthy winner for me. And to get those blessings too, I know my future is made.
I want to also use this post to say a big thank you to my good friend, Akan Essien, who encouraged me to take my mum out. Nothing beats having a good friend who encourages you to make the right decision.