Monday, 20 January 2014

Eye The Agbalumo!!!

Its a slow day...and I'm trying to meander through my morning blues when I'm awaken by the beautiful sound of Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious" gracing me from my car stereo.

I stop over at my folks and then I walk in on my Dad (Chief as I playfully call him sometimes) fixated as always on his laptop and feasting on the super fruit of the season- The Almighty 'Agbalumo' or Cherry as some 'Ajebutters' (don't look at me ...hahahah) like to call it. So he graciously offers me some expecting my refusal. No way, its Agbalumo for petesake...when last did I have one?! So I gladly take two of them and chime "Thanks daddy".

I pick up the collection of news papers and go over to my sister's room to say a quick hello. There's Barbie (20) and Boo-Boo (26) as we fondly call Nkem (the siamese twin) having their lovers spat (if they both weren't my biological sisters, I would suspect them...those two, ha! too close... and always fighting)

Anyway, they are happy to see me and noticed I had the Agbalumo in my hands..."Wait Sis! Where did you get that? Didn't know you eat Agbalumo o"... Hian! See me see trouble o for Okoroji house. You mean a woman can't eat Agbalumo in peace without all this plenty comments? First Chief, now his daughter... I'll prove them wrong. Hehehe.

So Boo-Boo(Nkem) asks for one... No way I'm giving her a whole piece. We'll have to split it in half, afterall na me be visitor. Na me dem give agbalumo... Alright so I say to Barbie "Biko! Eye this Agbalumo for me..." Huh! She stares me blank...err...in shock. My 20 year old sister Barbie looks at me and says "What did you say Sis?" Then I replied her again "Eye the Bloody Agbalumo" the two of them burst into laughter making me feel a little uncomfortable...and then she asks why she needs to stare down my precious agbalumo...

Oh well, I've always been told if you do that or roll it for a bit in your palms, before breaking open, it would make it taste sweet...Right there comes another torrent of laughter. "Superstition sis! Superstition...And you believe it?" Well, I'm not sure if I believe but I still do it every time I eat one anyway. We start an open discussion about superstitious beliefs, just then my mother walks in, on a phone call and we hear her say to the person on the other end "No! Not monday abeg...you know I don't give out money on mondays" chei! roll in the laughter.

I remember that one, even the one of crossing over people's legs and giving birth to kids that look like them...or if you mistakenly poked someone with a broom while sweeping, you have to stump it on the floor several times. Or if you are cooking and put too much salt, throw salt over the lit burner. Ha! Yes I remember, my Mother is the Royal 'Queen' of superstitious beliefs...and her many tales never failed to crack us up.

Well its Superstitious Monday and I'll like to read tales of your own superstitious beliefs, if you have any. Feel free to share them here...And oh! Do me one favour please...Eye The Bloody Agbalumo!!! Have an Unbelievable Monday Lovelies! Muah!

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