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Topic: Irritated (11/08/12)
TITLE: PROJECT MINI ME AIN'T WORKING!
By Enitan Femi-Obasan
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Suddenly, it was 2003. She was in college and this morning, she was unusually late for class. Something was happening to her. She was leaning forward and her books were in the air. Oh no! In her hurry, she had missed her step. She closed her eyes not wanting to see anything anymore. Then came the dreaded thud. Not so bad, she thought. Slowly, she opened her eyes and looked up. She opened her mouth to talk but the words got stuck in her throat. She had just seen an angel or so she thought. "Thank you" she managed to say but thinking to herself "I was saved by angel with big strong arms".
"Hi, I'm Dave" he introduced himself with the most captivating voice she had ever heard.
They became inseparable after that.
He was so funny, so calm, so carefree. Everything she was not. He just knew how to have a good time anytime, every time. There were really no dull moments with him. Oh, he was far from perfect but she loved him anyway. She had the most exciting five years of her life with him before they got married. He complemented her so well.
She jerked up suddenly as though hit by a lightening bolt. She realized what had been happening in her four year marriage. She's been working on the project, "Make Dave a Mini Me". She's been complaining about his calmness which she had renamed passive and unaggressive. She never missed an opportunity to rub his non-challance in. Wait a minute, wasn't that the same as carefree? She buried her face in her hands and cried. She has been so unfair to him. She was trying to change the things she loved about him. Unfortunately, the more he tried to change for her, the more exasperated she was."Oh God, I'm so sorry" she moaned.
As if on cue, Dave entered the room and sat beside her on the bed. For the first time in a very long time, she realized he looked so sad and withdrawn. This is not the man she married. "What have I done?" She thought. He opened his mouth to talk but she threw her arms around him and kissed him so passionately. He was shocked. She had just told him how much he irritated her some half hour ago.
She smiled and with tears streaming down her cheeks said "I'm sorry for working so hard at making you more like me instead of helping you become a better you". She held his hands in her hands and looked into his eyes and said softly, "I love you just the way you are, I always have and always will".
He held her so tightly and whispered into her ears, "I love you too, Shelly, just the way you are".
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