It's real, it works and it's not fake: Hivenaija #04 prompt
You don’t believe in love at first sight? Can you be serious about that! You really believe people who say they fall in love at first sight are lying? This shows how myopic you are when it comes to love. Let me share a story with you and it might just change your thinking perspective.
What you are about to read is a true-life story of how a lad fell in love at first sight and how it turned out to be.
Tioluwa was just a little boy who knew nothing about love, just a kid who still lived under his parents roof. He has never experienced any kind of opposite-sex love except for his parental love.
It was a Saturday morning, and the food that is prepared mostly on a Saturday in the Nigerians home is mostly pap and akara, or beans and bread. That morning, his mom asked him to go grind the beans in preparation for making the akara. As an obedient child, he set out to do as he was asked and passed the third street to get to his destination. It was in the third street that he met this little girl. She must have been his age mate or so; she was outside her house washing clothes. As he walked past, his eyes were fixed on her, and in that moment, she lifted up her head and found the little strange lad looking at her. She smiled, and Tioluwa waved at her, and she returned the wave. In that moment, the seed of love was planted in him.
You know how kids love genuinely without anything attached or expecting something in return? That was what must have happened that day.
Since that day, he could only think of her smile and how she waved back at him, even though they didn’t know each other or have spoken before. It was Monday, and it was time to go back to school for classes. After Tioluwa had prepared for school and was just waiting for his lunch box, he stood at the window and watched other students go to school. Then again, the innocent smile of this young lady got his eyes again. He remembered where he met her and wanted to go outside to say Hi, but she was in a hurry with her friends to get to her school.
After a year of just observing her, a new school was opened in their community, and parents were glad they didn’t have to send their kids far away to study again. Luck was on Tioluwa's side; after he registered at the new school, he found himself in the same class as the lady he had been observing for years.
He was very excited. After resumption, he asked for her name, and they became friends. The kind of love he had for her was pure love, not the kind that generated lust. He just wanted the best for her; he was always jealous when other guys got to do things for her, so he became more serious with his studies because he wanted to impress her. He takes two drinks to school just to give her one. Whenever his dad got him a gift or chocolate, he would keep some for her because he wanted her to have the same thing he was having. It was love and nothing more; it was the seed that was planted in his heart since that Saturday morning that has germinated to this level.
Some people called him a fool because he always did what she asked him to do, even when he knew she was clearly using him. He wanted his action to express the love he had for her; probably she would understand, but she didn’t. It was very clear that it was a one-sided love, but it was a great love.
Shortly after high school, he decided to confess his feelings to her. It took all the courage he had in him to ask her to date him, but in the cool of the evening, when he asked her, she gave him the biggest shock of his life. She never loved him the way he loved her. He became really sick after that event, but he never gave up. He went after her twice every year until he finally gave up and decided to be her close friend. He still loves her, but now as a friend, he would do anything for her because she was his first love, and it was love at first sight.