I make bold to state that I am of the best family on earth. This is not something I say everyday. Guess I am often too busy trying to pooh pooh Government or catching up with the muse and create dazzling works of fiction to remember to do something for family. Today however I wish to spare off sometime to tell the world about my wonderful family.
There could be no better opportunity to do this than on the 25th wedding anniversary/silver jubilee celebration of my parents Sir and Lady Sylva Ifedigbo. KSJ.
On Tuesday 11th August 2009, my parents joined the elite class of couples who have met the 25 years mark. There was of course a party. Well really, my parents are quiet people and had planed a simple family and friends get together but it turned out to be much more. Something about a gold fish having no hiding place. Guests continued to troop in, every one who got wind of it immediately dropped in many expressing apologies for being late. I remember hitting my bed at almost 12 midnight exhausted from the hours of entertaining guests.
We ate, drank and made merry. There were also a couple of speeches. It was a happy evening, one that made me glow with pride. Pride borne out of the fact that I am privileged to be the first born child of this happy union. For the first time in many years, as I lay down to sleep I thanked God in tears for blessing me so much.
My parents are teachers. I am always proud to announce that at every opportunity. It is not difficult to guess therefore that they were both disciplinarians. It’s not very common to find children born of teacher parents who did not grow up under some set rules. These rules as inconveniencing as they were for me while I grew up are largely responsible for who and what I am today.
Honestly they didn’t spare the rod and I never had the privilege of being pampered or spoilt. You don’t watch Tv when you should be sleeping. You don’t play foot ball when the dishes are not done. No body washed you cloths as soon as you were old enough to do so. You don’t come home at the end of a term with a result that was anything less than the very best.
And despite the harsh economic conditions and the many challenges of the extended family, they made sure they provided us with all the basic needs of life. They also went through great sacrifice to send us to good schools. My siblings actually are all still in schools. They were never late when they were needed. They have shown us love beyond any imagination.
Who are the “us” you might wish to ask. Well, it’s simple. Over the last 25 years my parents have been blessed with 4 children. These are me and my three lovely girls; Amaka, Nonye and Chizaram. I am the only guys on board. You couldn’t have wished for a better family.
As we celebrate 25 years of bliss, I wish my parents many more years of happy co-existence. The party might have been low-key, but I have made a silent resolve that when they are 30…just 5 years down the line, I shall throw them a banquet, because they deserve nothing less.
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo