By Akorede Ajibade

At age fourteen, I can vividly remember my Mom liked to cook food, every now and then, like she enjoyed cooking a lot, I remember how she used to cook different delicacies for us.

A particular night, when she had made dinner after a long day at work, Mom placed a plate of pounded yam and Egusi soup, the Egusi looked extremely blackish than normal, like it burned, in front of my dad. I was waiting to see who will talk first amongst my sibling or rather if anyone noticed the burnt Egusi soup.

But my Dad just ate his food and asked me how my test went at school. I remember I just responded shabbily, but after a little silence, I remember I heard Mum apologizing to dad for burning the Egusi. His response, I will never forget; he said: “Honey, I love the taste of the burnt Egusi.”

Deep down me, I thought about the way I just managed to eat that food, I didn’t really enjoy it, because the burnt soup, stocked to my taste board for long. Later that night;

I went to massage Daddy’s leg just because he likes it and we get time to gist, before saying good night, so I asked him if he really liked the burnt Egusi. He wrapped me in his arms and said;

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“Your mama went to work and had a long hard day at work today and she was really tired, besides, a burnt Egusi soup can never harm anyone but our harsh words do!” You know, life is full of faulty things and imperfect people. I am not the best at barely anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.

What I have learned over the years, is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

Life is not a Sharp Knife to Cut all those Bad Memories. But Life is a needle to weave Golden Thread of Sweet Memories.

Love your Life! Live your Life! It is the only one you have.


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