A note for Mrs. Bolude’s Social class on 'My Extended Family'
I have three Grandmas. Believe me, it’s true. One, two and three of them.
Grandma Peters is my Father’s Mother. She’s the oldest of the three and she’s mean. Well kind of. She’s as strict as my father is nice. No jokes, rough housing or even candy. She‘s always wanting me to ‘grow up’.
She lives in Abuja. I love her but I’m kind of glad she lives far away. I really hope I’m not supposed to feel bad for saying that, because I don’t. Well, not really.
Grandma Laide is my Mothers Mum. She’s a teacher (oh! Professor: mum just corrected that) at the University. She’s very wise, I think. She knows every thing.
Can you believe I asked her to tell me my pet frog’s name? I had just caught her two days before. Mum and dad didn’t know I had named her. I wanted to know if she really knew everything. Guess what, she does! She winked at me and whispered,
“Is it Wibbit?” I was surprised!
She‘s the youngest of all my Grandmas and she dresses nice. She likes heeled shoes like my mum. She’s chick (huh, chic: Dad just corrected that)
Ok, you’re probably wondering which other Grandma there could be. I call her Grandma Toyo. Her hair is all grey and she’s sweet. She calls me every week. She came to town last year when I turned ten. I got tons of gifts from her. She stayed for a week. We went lots of places. She took me to the bank. We opened a ‘Sweeter’ account for me, “So you can save up for your University education and beyond” she said.
I nodded, how many years away would that be?
Grandma Toyo is so nice. She used to be a nurse. I guess that’s why.
I told Tope, my friend from school that I only feel good about Grandma Laide and Grandma Toyo. Well, especially Grandma Toyo. She says it’s wrong to feel bad about my Grandma Peters or anyone for that matter. I shrugged. I’ll check with mum.
“So your Grandma Toyo is Mother to whom?” Tope asked
“Well, to my mother, my father’s first wife. She died giving birth to me”
“Oh” was all she said.
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