We are in my room, Ikem and I.
I’m chatting with my Sister on IG about an upcoming family friend’s wedding. We are helping out with some stuff and exchanging ideas and pictures. Ikem sees the picture.
Ikem: Mummy, is Aunty K getting married?
Ikem: Who is she getting married to?
Me: You already know
He mentions the name of the person, observes that they are usually together and then wonders why everybody wants him on their train (this will be just the second time). Then…
Ikem: So where will they live?
Me: In Uncle E’s house
Pause. Okem enters. We had left him in the bathroom to continue with water play after his evening bath. We move over to their room. I’m dressing Okem up. The discussion continues.
Ikem: I want my wife to move to my house after we get married.
Me: Yes she will
Ikem: So she can stay here?
Me: No. You will move to your own house, then you get married and she’ll move in.
Ikem: But I want to stay close to Shoprite, Mummy please let her come here.
Me: But Shoprite is in a lot of places. You can always go there.
Ikem: Please will you let me get that Spider Man costume from Shoprite when I become an adult?
Me: You can buy whatever you want with your money as an adult
Ikem: So when I get married, my wife will move here and then I will go and get that Spider Man costume.
I try to put it together and then it dawns on me. I had told him marriage was for adults so he believed that once he became an adult, he would get married and of course buy that costume he saw at Party Perfect.
Ikem: Please Mummy can my wife stay here, I want her to stay here.
I decided to agree. No need explaining further. By the time he becomes an adult, he would have figured it out.
Me: Yes she can.
Ikem: Thank you Mummy. Please don’t forget. Mummy will you forget when I become an adult?
Me: No I won’t.