If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how last week, I stuck my foot in my mouth (by saying something I shouldn’t have) and it didn’t taste good. I was seeing a patient who had a stroke, but was stable considering, and we were actually having a good conversation.
I noticed her caretaker had an abdomen that looked about 6-7 months pregnant, and considering we had what I thought was a “good rapport”, I touched the woman’s abdomen and said, “congratulations, may you have a safe delivery, I just noticed the pregnancy”.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how I had on this wide grin on my face, thinking I’d done a good thing, when the other caretaker smiled at me and said, “she’s not pregnant, It’s just belly fat”. Words can’t express how mortified I was at that moment. I was so embarrassed that I laughed and said “aww, may God grant you good children in the future”. I mean, I had no idea what else to say.
I’d see you laughing and holding your sides at my embarrassment and I’d remind you, that I’m sure you’ve also had those “foot in mouth” moments too.
If were having coffee, I’d drink my black coffee, slowly so as to make it last considering I am on a new coffee diet which says “a cup a day”, rather than my previous “limitless cups a day”. I’d tell you I have my reasons for that, but It’s a conversation for another coffee date. I’d also tell you not to get it twisted, I am simply “reducing” my intake, not quitting completely. Our next date is still going to be a coffee date, not a tea date.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you yesterday was Nigeria’s Independence Day, and I was just grateful, I got a day off work and I got to enjoy it because I was not on call. I’d show you this hilarious picture I found on social media which said “this is not the day to come to a hospital for a rash that has been on your back for 7 years”.
If we were having coffee, I will tell you I was supposed to read 25 new books by the end of the year for my goodsread reading challenge. Well, It’s October and I am only on my tenth book. I’m currently reading “Redemption” by David Baldacci, and I would not recommend it. It’s the fifth installment in a series which apparently should have ended in its 3rd, while the going was still good. I hear you asking, why I am still reading it if it’s not good, well girl, I have a reading challenge to complete.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had a conversation with a family member about mental illnesses and it was refreshing to see how much they were willing to learn about it, how interested they were in it and how open they were about it. It reinforced what I’ve always believed, you don’t always need a big stage for advocacy, even the difference you can make in the small groups and gatherings you find yourself can create a ripple effect.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I found this hilarious tweet about Lagos traffic, and unless you’ve lived in Lagos for a while, you might not realise just how true it is. The traffic is not ALWAYS bad, and it also depends on the area you are visiting, but to be real, on some days, you can spend more time in traffic than with the person you went visiting.
If we were having coffee, I’d give you a hug and let you known that although I know I can be quite annoying, and unserious and sometimes distant, I am working on myself too.
Wishing you loads of love, laughter and of course, coffee.