MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER IS FASTING
Daughter: (Coughs out) Hmmm…It is well o
Mum: (looks up at her, then continues picking her beans) Any gist for momma?
Daughter:( Looks at her) Mum, I think I am not normal anymore…like, I am sick
Mum: (Chuckles) Sick! Why? How?
Daughter: Because I am over-sensitive. Whenever I see a guy, I have this weird feeling compared to when I meet a girl. Mum, I get worried often times if I would scale through adolescence without defiling myself
Mum: (Laughs) you are afraid?
Daughter: It seems you don’t understand mum. When I see a guy’s bicep, oh my God! If he mistakenly exposes his abs, then I would almost faint, feeling as if I should run into his strong, muscular arms and be cuddled.
Mum: And so? That’s why you are not normal?
Daughter: (Eyes widens) Mum!
Mum: That shows that you are very normal my baby girl
Daughter: I don’t understand ma
Mum: You fasted recently?
Daughter: Yes mum. A three-day dry fast
Mum: There was an occasion that I prepared plantain and fried egg for dinner for the family. How did you feel that day?
Daughter: Mum, it was sensational! As if I had never tasted dodo before. I wanted a bite so bad.
Mum: So, why didn’t you get into the kitchen to get yourself some?
Daughter: Mum, I was fasting
Mum: Nice one! Son, can you hear us from there? Put off the TV please
Son: Ok mum.
Mum: As an adolescent boy or girl, don’t think it weird when you are attracted to an opposite sex. His or her stature or the likes might appeal to you. It shows that you are very normal. You wouldn’t say, you are abnormal because you can perceive the aroma of fried plantain while you were fasting. Would you?
Both: No mum
Mum: All unmarried people in this world are on a sexual fast or at least, that’s how it was supposed to be. Different foods, juices, fried fish, chicken, shawarma and the likes would appeal to them clothed in handsome men and beautiful women of different carriage but block your perception! You are fasting!
Daughter: (nods repeatedly) Hmmm…I am getting it now
Mum: the aroma could be pornography, sexy boys and girls, devilish games and all but be warned, you are what?
Mum: So my daughter, you are as normal as anything. It means all the parts of your body are responding well but the Bible says you should keep your body under!
Daughter: Mum, for real, I can’t thank you enough. I expected you to shout at me and tie your scarves round your waist, stamping your feet on the floor saying ‘this girl has gotten me into trouble’ but no! You are trustworthy and I can count on you. And that is why mum is our… (Signals to the boy)
Son: Confidant! (Both laugh)
Daughter: Bro, common, a high five (They did)
Mum: (Smiles) Blessed children…very very blessed!
Both: most blessed mother
Mum: But never forget the lesson learnt today…(expects an answer)
Both: We are fasting!
Mum: Yes. The fast would soon be over and your dish of fried plantain, freshly prepared with well garnished fried egg with a chill bottle of wine would be delivered to you but first, wait! Say, I will wait
Both: I will wait!
Mum: And the Lord will bless you.
Both: Amen (They hug their mother and she blesses them)