I vividly remember the very first time I and my roommate scavenged for food at a wedding reception as students, that’ll be one of the most awkward and memorable day of our lives. We stood at a distance and carefully scrutinized the character of the woman dishing the food, was she approachable? Would she embarrass us? Would she understand our plight? The decision was hard to make.
Jide(my roommate) held tightly to his rumbling stomach and said to me “Guy, this hunger don dey pass normal ooo, make we summon courage go meet this woman now“. I took a deep sigh and gave the possible outcome of this our mission a second thought, was it worth it? I placed my hand around his shoulder and said to him “O boy, I’ve not done this before ooo, wetin I go tell the woman, me I no fit come face any embarrassment for here ooo“. You really need to see the look of utmost disappointment written all over Jide’s face, without any warning I slowly took my hand of his shoulder.
I was as hungry as he was, maybe even more, but I just couldn’t come to the fact I’m about to ‘beg for food‘, I can’t do this, I don’t know if I was just being a wimp or just egocentric. Jide kept giving me a nudge every time someone takes a plate of food past us, “Malo, this food go finish ooo” Jide inveigh. It was funny how I had a protruding belly when in fact it was as empty as Ajimobi’s threat, I began to feel the pressure more, I could see Jide fidgeting, I just stood there salivating. I was bigger, bolder, and more audible than Jide, that’s to no surprise why he kept putting me at the lead.
It was a Saturday, obviously, and my old man won’t be able to send money till Monday since his phone isn’t capable of doing mobile transfer and neither can he transfer through the automated teller machine, the thought of this just brought some kind of chakra upon me, courage, aura, confidence, boldness, guts, determination, call it whatever you like, I just felt that strong push from within(Lol, that’s obviously hunger). I look Jide in the eyes, no words exchanged, but he got the drift.
I approached the woman with my face looking indifferent, no smile, no frown, Jide following me from behind like a puppet, I could tell he faked the smile on his face it looked more like he was smirking. Then the magical happened, you ever felt that “miracle feeling” like you just hit a jackpot, that “did that just happened” feeling, euphoria, elated, ecstatic, exultant, gay, triumphant, what I felt at that point can’t be expressed by words, it’s ineffable. Before I even got to present to the woman the meticulously crafted speech I already made in my head while Jide was fidgeting, she asked “What would you like to eat Sir” Sweet Jesus!!! She just called me a ‘Sir‘. You need to see this wide, teeth/gingiva revealing grin on Jide’s face, the woman had no idea. Believe me as I say to you we ate for Saturday, we ate for Sunday and we ate for Monday morning literally, we ate till we were filled to the brim, I suppose, because by midnight i could feel my stomach rumbling, naaa i wasn’t about to purge, it was empty again.
At the point when I was disseminating the meat with precision, I took a minute to just laugh at myself for being such a wimp, I wouldn’t have forgiven myself if I had missed out on such a good gains. Jide on the other hand, still wearing that grin, gave is bulging belly a tender rub, he looked at me and smiled, I knew something was up, he then said to me “So I was thinking….” I did not even let him finish before I shush him, I was not ready to begin another pep talk to myself just to by a polythene bag to collect “takeaway” I did not even let the thought sink in. “Ogbeni, we have earned a level of respect here already let’s just leave honourably“, once again Jide felt disappointed.
But guys, this is something I could have condemned someone else for, you never really know what you’re capable of doing till you’re met with abject and severe hunger, you never know.