MY PERFECT MARRIAGE
“I can’t believe I’m walking into my house..” Patience screamed excitedly.
The journey was long and the two had just arrived from their honeymoon, patience seemed to have enjoyed it all but her husband not so much.
“I can’t believe we are home honey.. And now in the comfort of our own home we can enjoy each other’s company all the time” her husband said as he reached out for a kiss.
‘no we just arrived, let me take a shower and rest and enjoy being in my house” patience said.
Philip dragged the luggage to the bedroom and turned on his laptop and internet to check his emails, it seemed he had missed a lot while and he tried to catch up as Patience had her shower.
“hey you..” she greeted as she returned to the bedroom form her shower.
“Oh hi gorgeous.. Come and join me over here” he said as he placed the laptop aside.
“Not a chance.. I’m so exhausted.. I just want some really hot tea and then I can take a nap” she said.
“You napped all through the journey” he said.
“Yep but wasn’t enough”
Patience sat by the dressing mirror touching her face when her husband joined her and gave her a gentle shoulder rub.
“Come on.. in our new house..” he whispered.
“no..” she quickly denied as she moved away.
“Actually.. Considering that you did not have any rest on the plane at all, and I mean at all… why don’t you instead take a shower, have a nap and then we can consider other things” she said.
“yep guess you’re right.. Let me shower” Philip said.
The couple were well rested all through the afternoon up until late at night when they were both awake doing nothing
“can I please have some food?’ Philip asked his wife who seemed to have been internet browsing on her phone.
Patience was quiet as if she had not heard a thing.
“hey.. can I please have some food?” he asked.
Patience turned to look at her husband..
“eh.. we are both tired and we agreed we would be each other’s helper. I am tired.. so why don’t you cook something.. besides I’m uploading our wedding pics on facebook.. the network is bad if I make any silent movement..” she said.
“yes of course, I am not your maid..”she said before retuning to her phone.
“really? As in really Patience? A simple request for food has gone this far? I’m not happy… No I’m not” he said.
Patience burst into laughter.
“no I’m seriously not happy it is not even funny” she said.
“eh… I’m sorry.. It was a joke”
“no that wasn’t funny” Philip said.
While patience went on browsing Philip got himself some food and he also made his wife a plate of food.
“Thanks honey.. if you continue like this our marriage will last really long” she said.
Philip ignored her but had something else to discuss.
“yes my love…”
Patience quickly sat upright and looked at her husband with a smile.
“why are you smiling?” he giggled.
“I am guessing you want to discuss what happened on our honeymoon.. I don’t think it’s a good idea to discuss it” he said.
“really? And that is you talking?”
“honey I told you… those things you are asking me to do are demonic” she said.
“I guess..” he sighed.
“no seriously honey we had this discussion before hand and you agreed..” patience said.
“Yes I agreed to some things and not everything..”
“You are a Christian and you are saved, why can’t you control yourself? Why do you want to explore unnecessary things.. Besides white people survive without going through that” she said.
“Well we are not whites, I have heard of it and I think it’s not a bad idea. I would really like you to try my wife.. remember you are supposed to make me happy and I am supposed to make you happy” she asked.
“Tradition is tradition!”
“awe those things are demonic.. I can’t” she said.
“honey.. perhaps we should pray about it.. this thing is conflicting with our beliefs” she said.
“there’s no evil in you just learning even just a few things.. I get that we are a Christian power couple my love but please come on.. ” he said.
“like what?” she asked rudely.
“I know how to cook, I know how to make you happy when you are sad, I know what you like.. what else?”
Philip tried hard not to hit the nail on the head to avoid hurting her feelings. He did not want to seem too demanding but she was pushing him to the limit.
“baby.. come on.. I love you and I just want whats best for us.. maybe just learn some bedroom..”
Philip was lost for words and just kept quiet staring at the ceiling wondering where he had gone wrong.
Meanwhile Petrina was proposed to and plans were soon underway for her big day, she couldn’t wait. She had all her fantasies coming true in just a short period of time, it was if the heavens just opened and smiled at her.
It had been weeks since the wedding and Philip didn’t seem to agree on anything with Patience. Almost all the time she was singing about how work was hectic and how they both had to cook or do other things together, he didn’t seem to have a problem with it but she acted indifferent every night. He decided not to talk about sensitive issues for fear of hurting but he instead found it much to confide in a friend over lunch.
“See.. I still don’t understand why you are complaining.. a woman putting me under that kind of stress? Nonsense.. I will be gone in no time” his friend said.
“no man.. you don’t know what marriage is..”
“and you do? So why are you complaining? Look either she learns to attend to her duties or she goes.. give her that option. So what if she’s working? Aren’t you working too?”
“yes but at the moment she contributes to expenses and I think she has the right to feel the way she does. I’m a man and I can’t even pay for everything”
“In this economy people help each other.. You can’t depend on one salary.. Does she meet you halfway on everything?..”
“So then why the stress? You are doing what you can, don’t stress.. she just need to respect you brother. I told you from the beginning you spoilt her too much”
“no I didn’t.. I just loved her..”
“By making the rest of us guys think we are doing little for our women? Anyway.. put her in her place..she is your woman”
“see that’s the problem I don’t want to address the issue” he said.
“because I don’t want to hurt her feelings” he said.
“well if you don’t.. you will certainly hurt her feelings because soon you will start entertaining other thoughts”
After work that day Philip decided to pass through the boutique where Tisa worked, for some reason he thought of just passing by to say hallo and apologise for letting her run off that way. Philip had a long battle in his car of what he was going to do until he finally decided that he was just going to say hello and leave.
“Sir she no longer works here.. she owns her own boutique now”
“madam.. I’m sorry but do you know where that is?” he asked worriedly.
“Yes.. But I can give you her number so you call her..” the woman by the counter replied.
“No mum…. Her address will be just fine.. we are old friends I want to surprise her” he said
Philip got the paper where Tisa’s number was drafted and he happily rushed into his car. It was a Friday and the following day he left his wife at the salon before proceeding to Tisa’s shop. Looking at her from outside he froze for a minute, she looked just as beautiful as before. His mind began asking him why he went there in the first place as he stared at his ring for a minute.
“maybe I should open up to Patience and honestly tell her my concerns..” he thought.
Another voice interrupted.
“She’s a woman she has to know her duties I don’t have to remind her.. Besides I’m just befriending Tisa nothing more”
Philip walked in sheepishly to the amazement of Tisa.. Her mouth hang low in shock.
MY PERFECT MARRIAGE
Wow, long time I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw you.. Tisa said.
Ok this shop is so beautiful.. I’m proud of you.. he said.
Anyway It’s been long because you have never bothered to call me and I was looking for every way possible that I could hear from you. I miss you.. Philip said.
Was I supposed to call you? You’re married, married men don’t have female friends. Your only friend Is your wife.. she said.
Well you’re right, I don’t know what I’m doing here, let me go… he said.
No .. it’s fine. You can stay…
No let me go Tisa it seems I am not welcome..
It’s fine you are welcome, im sorry I just felt really unwanted the night of your bachelor party hence I left.. she said.
I apologise.. I really do apologise.. but I’m here.. can we pick up from where we left?
Philip there was really nothing there we were just friends nothing more and nothing less so by picking up where we left you mean what?… she asked.
Philip felt bad that he knew he had no serious intentions for her except to have quality time with her..
Tisa are you in a relationship?.. he asked her..
No I am not. She responded.
I’ve never been able to forget you Tisa.. I just can’t forget you.. you are always on my mind. He said.
I know I’m married and I’m being selfish but I want you to be my woman as well.
Tisa gave him a shocked look but deep inside she ws jumping with excitement.
Philip you are a married man, what happens if she finds out?
No she won’t… she is way too busy to notice what I do.
But why? Isn’t it too soon for her to behave like that.. has she been taught well..
Can we not talk about her?.. he interrupted.
What exactly do you want me to be.. Your concubine? She asked.
No I want you close as a friend, a shoulder I can lean on any time.. he said.
They agreed to have dinner and he bought a number of items from her shop for Patience.
He called Patience and told her he would be working late of which she did not oppose.
Philip dressed to impress and he bought her some flowers, chocolate and a necklace..
As he pulled over at Radison Blu Hotel, Philip was not at all concerned about anyone seeing him. Tisa left nothing to chance she looked beautiful and made sure she made a statement. They talked for hours and enjoyed each other’s company.
It was great having dinner with you… can we do it again? He asked.
Yes I would love that.. she said with a smile.
She pecked his cheek before she dropped out of the car.
It was a beautiful night and Philip was over the moon, he couldn’t stop playing “piece of sky by choklet” in the car as he drove home…
When he got home he continued playing the song in the bedroom as he danced.. Patience wasn’t back home and it was past 21hrs. Philip did not bother calling her but she finally showed up just before 22hrs.
Wow! That song.. Someone celebrating something?.. she asked her husband as she removed her shoes.
No I’m actually excited that my wife is home.. I got you this honey.. he said as he handed her the present he got for her from Tisa’s shop.
Aww honey these are beautiful.. thank you so much honey..i love you.. she said.
I love you too honey.. hurry up come and join me in here.. he said as he tacked in bed.
Let me just shower.. she said.
When Patience went to bed she cuddled next to her husband but she refused to get much closer to him.
I’m sorry honey but I am so tired I promise tomorrow morning … just not now. Please? She said.
Ok fine.. good night.. he said.
He turned the other side and got his phone..
He went online and found Tisa was active on whatsapp.
Hey you.. are you not sleeping? He asked.
Nop.. not yet.. she responded.
Just thinking about you. He said.
Aww me too.. she responded.
They went on chatting until past midnight when he fell asleep.
Morning honey you promised me in the morning.. Philip said.
Oh wow.. and I’m going to shower I have work in the next one hour and I will be soon running late.. she said.
Well so do! But I am your husband.. he yelled.
But you should have woken me up early, why did you delay until now? She asked.
Wow can you even listen to yourself Patience?.. are you out of you mind! He yelled
Well can we talk about this in a formal way.. Do you really have to yell on top of your voice?.. I love you and I too want this but really am running late.. she said.
Ok here I am,.. I’m all yours she said as she lay down.
No I’m no longer interested.. he said as he got up.
Oh well at least I tried.. she said before going to the shower.
You really have to start taking this marriage seriously.. Philip mumbled to himself
No it’s you who has to stop being selfish.. my body needs time to breath.. she responded.
Philip was upset and had a sack of things to say to her but he just kept quiet and showered then ate breakfast before he left.
Petrina decided to pay her cousin a visit in Chalala when she suddenly saw someone that looked like Clive (Nonde’s husband) from a distance. He was coming from a house 3 houses away from her cousins place.
She was taking a walk with her cousin when she saw him.
Oh that man looks familiar.. she said.
Oh him.. that is his house.. he usually comes in to check on the progress but it seems like its finished now because I heard someone mention the house was ready.. the cousin said.
Really? That’s interesting.. his wife is my friend I wonder why she never mentioned that she is moving.. but why would she want to move into a smaller house.. they are currently staying in a huge house and its also theirs… she said.
Mmm! You called that house small? That house has 4 bedrooms and it was built to perfection.. she said.
I know but their house where they are staying is much bigger.. Petrina said
Anyway I did not say he is moving there maybe it will be on rent.. her cousin said.
Oh yeah you have a point, I should get in touch with Nonde Im looking for a house.. she said.
ONE MONTH LATER
Kassy had just started doing her hair in the salon in readiness for Patience’s birthday braii when suddenly her husbands car came and pulled over at the salon.
She was wondering what was going on but she just watched through the glass mirrors as she sat.
A beautiful looking young lady came out of the car. She was holding two plastic bags.. one had food while the other had hair. Kassy waited patiently for her to enter then she got up and grabbed the plastic she had and slapped her.
Madam what are you doing? The security shouted as they rushed to stop the fight that was almost erupting.
Don’t you even try to fight back! Kassy yelled.
She opened the plastic and found Brazilian hair as well as an envelope that had money.
This girl here is a prostitute.. if you want ask her she knows exactly what I am talking about.. she said.
Attention was drawn in the salon and eventually everyone came to watch.
The girl ran out of the salon immediately and stopped a taxi.. Kassy did not run after her but people followed her shouting prostitute while Kassy just stayed in the salon.
I have changed my mind I’m not doing razor cut.. I will plait this hair.. Kassy said as she gave the wig to her stylist.
Madam if that man is your husband then you really should leave him because that man has women all over town.. the stylist said.
Oh is that so? Well I am going nowhere because I am his legitimate wife.. she responded.
Mummy can you just do your job ayi? I’ve been with this man for so long and there is nothing anyone can tell me..
Aren’t you afraid of getting sick? The stylist asked.
My dear we shall all die one way or the other you have no idea what will kill you so I beg just do my hair and stop with this interrogation..
The ladies in the salon could not stop talking but Kassy did not care she did her hair and set off for the party.
Philip left home early in the morning saying he was going to pick up Patience’s cake but he was actually with Tisa.
Honey you need to go now.. I can’t stand it when she starts calling.. Tisa said.
The way you are chasing me it’s almost as if you’re expecting someone to come.. he said.
No my love. I will just be doing laundry when you leave… By the way thanks for the washing machine it works perfectly it has made life very easy.. she said..
I don’t want you to be stressing yourself, you do too much work… he said.
Uhmm! Do I do too much work or do you give me too much work.. she giggled.
Do i? oh I’m sorry honey maybe I just can’t get enough of you.. he said.
ok let’s go shower.. he said as he left the blanket.
Honey my trip is long overdue.. I need to travel, or should I use my own money? You said you would take care of all my travelling needs.. Tisa said.
Oh that I’m sorry honey I’ve just been so busy and just like I promised.. I will fulfil don’t worry.. tomorrow I will buy your ticket..he said.
Ok please do, I want to fly by Wednesday next week.. she said.
Philip passed through to pick up the cake and then went to the party.. Sam was already there and he gave Philip a very strange look before pulling him aside.
The next time you decide to go for your silly games please remember to wear your shirt correctly.. he said.
What did I turn it.. oh man! I hope she hasn’t noticed..
No I guess she hasn’t.. you go and change we need you here. He said.
Petrina arrived quite late but it was understandable as her wedding was just two weeks away..
Petrina!.. Patience screamed..
Oh wow girlfriend am glad you made it… just didn’t think you would make it on time. She said
Oh here I am.. not to worry.. I’m here she said.
Petrina came with Sydney who sat with them men and helped with the braii
Nonde who had arrived earlier with Kassy did not seem happy upon seeing Petrina because her engagement had made her very elusive and she didn’t seem to care much.
Nonde aren’t you excited to se me? She asked.
Oh well what kind of friend has a wedding and keeps all the details private? Not even putting us on the lineup.. nonde complained
The ladies sat and discussed everything from marriage to old school days.
Nonde you always leave baby behind what happened today? Petrina asked.
That useless girl, the low life I had in my house decided to leave.. she said.
Amen! You took advantage of that girl you treated her like a slave.. I hope she’s happy where she is.. Patience said
That’s true, guess you can now learn to attend to your husband’s needs better.. Have you ever even cooked him a decent meal?.. Kassy said.
Now look who is talking.. Unlike yours my husband is always available and even goes out of his way for me despite my inadequacies but look at you Kassy.. you go out of your way and yet your man is always M.I.A (Missing In Action).
Oh really? What do you know about my marriage??.. kassy said as she raised her voice.
Excuse me… this is so unnecessary in fact all of you are just making noise.. Patience interrupted.
Take an example from Philip and I.. that’s why I told you ladies to take your time in finding the right partner but seems you were all rushing for marriage.. A man requires enough time. You have to know and understand each other like friends and then
Oh shut up Patience!.. Nonde yelled.
You are the last person to give me such an example..
Excuse me? What did you say?.. Patience asked in shock.
Well either you’re blind or you just do not care about your husband at all.. I don’t see why you should let your man move out of the house wearing a shirt inside out… if your marriage is so perfect would you let your husband be moving around like a clown!..
Hold it right there.. Ladies! Really? Is this how we are going to be behaving? Instead of celebrating this beautiful day all we do is just argue.. what has happened to us?.. all we do is compete now.. what is wrong with you guys?.. this is not healthy and it has to stop immediately. Petrina said.
Anyway moving on.. congratulations Nonde your house is coming up pretty well, do you intend to shift there or maybe its going to be on rent?.. We are still looking for a house to move in after the wedding.. Petrina said.
House? No hubby and I are just starting the slab for the flats in meanwood otherwise we don’t have a house that is almost done.. she said.
Oh really?.. guess I just didn’t see well then..
See what? Nonde asked.
Well I saw someone who looks like your husband in Chalala and my cousin told me he is building a house there.
Kassy immediately interrupted with a clap..
Faithful husband indeed.. kassy said as she clapped.
Excuse me.. hold it right there Kassy! Nonde yelled as she stood up.
No no no.. you guys not again.. Please you guys.. Petrina begged as she struggled to push Nonde away.
The men were comfortably watching soccer as they ate when they suddenly heard the noise outside and they came out to stop the noise.
What is going on here! Philip yelled.
Nothing the party is over.. im off to bed. Patience said.
When everyone had left Patience had a shower and then went to bed… Philip delayed to go to bed and she went to peep on him but she found he was just watching soccer in the sitting room while he smiled to himself as he looked at his phone.
Can we go to bed now? She asked him.
Ok honey I’m coming.. he said.
She stood behind the door peeping when he she saw him making sure that she had gone then he set a quick text and then walked to bed.
Did you have an accident when you went to pick my cake? She asked.
No honey why would you think that?.. she asked
ok.. I was just wondering why you took really long.. she said.
Oh I passed through the office..
And your shirt? Why did you come with your shirt inside out.. she asked..
Oh you noticed that?.. he giggled.
I guess I was rushing out when leaving, I just realised when I got back that I moved that way.. he said.
Patience could smell the lie from far away but she avoided any form of argument with him.. she decided to just ignore and sleep, although she hardly slept.
Nonde on the hand did not bother asking her husband.. she was positive that Petrina was mistaken and there was no way possible that he had built a house without her knowledge.
However, the following week as Nonde was buying some vegetables at the Tuesday veg market when she saw Bwalya.
Nonde couldn’t believe her eyes, Bwalya was looking very nice and neat.. she had plaited Masai and was in an expensive looking African dress commonly known as a bubu.
No no no, that can’t be Bwalya.. that really can’t be Bwalya. She said to herself.
And she looks pregnant.. She thought again
Nonde tried to push herself through the crowd to catch a clear glimpse of Bwalya but she lost her in the crowd. She remembered how she chased Bwalya like a dog from her house and now seeing her looking that good shocked her. How could it be? What sort of luck did the girl have?