Tired from the long day, Tinuke was already making great plans of how she would pamper herself when she got home. The children are home on their summer holiday so how she would sneak past the living room and get to her haven for some me time was not yet clear. Boy do they disturb her or what! she seems to get a call from them every minute “mummy Tobi called me stupid”, which she settles by going through a long discussion on how it is wrong to call someone stupid and asks him to apologize to his sister.
Then a few minutes after that, her phone rings again, “mummy! Salewa would not let me watch anything on TV, she is selfish! She also called me a brat!” while speaking, she could hear Salewa trying to get the phone, she had to go into another sermon. She is actually beginning to regret the statement she made to them “Sweeties call mummy if you need anything” she smiled, at the kind of wahala she had put herself in. Her phone rings over twenty times a day with the children calling her to report or complain.
She had gotten used to having her phone ring non-stop, she was not ready at all for this last call! Salewa had called in, but not for what she thought was the usual tantrum. She was shocked to hear that Tobi who was just four, had gone ahead to tear some pages from his books, rolled them up, and lit them with a match. He completed it by putting on an oversized shirt which belonged to his dad, saying he was mimicking KZee, a rapper he saw on TV! She jumped out of her skin imagining the worst, she shouted; “where was Joy”? the first question that came to her mind, wasn’t she suppose to keep an eye on them? Standing and pacing her office, she asked to speak to Tobi immediately and according to his sister he had gone to the kitchen to get some more matches, as the one he lit had burnt out. At this point she wanted to pass out!
Recalling the event on her drive home, she decided smacking that nonsense out of him would just add to her own fatigue. After having a stern talk with Joy to understand why she would leave them alone at home, she would quickly start looking for a summer programme to take them to – at least it would keep them occupied and safe. Afterall she had heard that LagosMums has several summer camps listed on their website, she was going to check it out immediately as she brought her phone out.