My immediate younger sister Salome, was starting university at wisconsin university college accra, ghana. She was flying from calabar to lagos and then from lagos to accra the same day, so we had to drop her in time to catch her next flight from lagos to accra. The airport is four hours from my house so we left 5 hours before her scheduled flight.
I wore a wine coloured blouse and paired it with my brand new white aphrodite trousers and vans I got after almost 3 hours of roaming wuse market Abuja while holidaying with my eldest sister.
You see, I’m always drawn to white clothes when I am about to have my period….it’s the weirdest thing ever😀
It had rained that day which made the journey a little less fun cus of the poor vision and potholes filled with water, (Typical nigerian roads). I was going with 2 uncles and my immediate elder sister, Annie. We got to the airport just in time for her flight and had to rush through checking her in as she was almost late.
I felt uncomfortable and a little part of me whispered ” Period”
I had planned to slay at all cost after what I went through getting my trouser and shoe….”my village people can not win this war, the devil is a liar”. I said in my head. My subconcious flipped her hair backwards, as we waved off the thought.
We drove to the bank to send money to her friend already in accra who was supposed to pick her from the airport so she’ll have cedis (ghanaian money). As soon as I stepped down from the car and started my majestic walk towards the bank, a guy passing by said “your trouser is stained”
This guy thinks I‘ll check so he‘ll laugh…I know these tricks. I can not be pranked. I said to myself as my subconscious gave me the fist pump. And I did not check.
I entered into the banking hall feeling like a peacock and was about to walk to the counter, when a woman called me back. she then asked
“are you having your period?
“No ma” I replied.
“you are stained o!” She said.
I melted. And my peacock feathers laid back as the peacock feeling was rapidly replaced with the ugly ducking feeling.
“Omg! Sim it baaaad!….The blouse isn’t covering anything” Annie said.
I immediately froze as all the blood drained out of my face. I’d say my face turned white but I’m dark…so that sure didn’t happen.
She removed the cardigan she was wearing and gave me to tie on my waist as I made the walk of shame away from the prying eyes of other customers. I literally felt like someone who farted loudly in church.
Luckily, my uncles had errands to run so they didn’t follow us into the bank and she had a pad in her bag so I was able to clean up in one of the rest rooms. I forgave her for not seeing it first cus she had emergency clean up materials.
Adding the cardigan to my outfit wasn’t so bad and I could have easily rocked it but the peacock feeling was long gone. Since then, I use a period calendar to keep track and it has been super helpful.
Ladies, Let me know if you relate to this. I’ll love to read your experiences ( if you have any ) in the comment section 😊
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- Oh words: this is one of my go-to blogs. My favourite post is “I don’t exchange gifts. I give gifts.” In this christmas season we hope to exchange gifts with each other but this post explains what it means to simply give to a person without expecting anything in return and how the price of your gift doesn’t matter but the thought behind it.
- Beckie’s mental mess: my favourite post is “coping with anxiety today”. For someone who suffers from anxiety, this post was a reminder to breathe, realise that worry won’t make things better and to take it one step at a time.
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