Once I had to go out and my husband was on one of his long trips. We had just moved to a new house. The neighbourhood was really quiet and for hours in a day you wouldn’t see anyone pass by. And to top it, there were only five houses with people in it on my street.
So, I had to go out and I had arranged with my neighbour Iya Oyunbo to have my kids over at her place till I came back.
I went and was on pins and needles till i returned, constantly calling Iya oyinbo for updates. I could sense the irritation in her voice but I couldn’t blame her o. Crazy mom, extra hyper kids and her four kids could drive one over a cliff!
So, I got back and she says, “Hajia, una get fence and gate nau, you fit put your pikin dem for house give dem phone and warn dem make dey nor open door. Me sef go follow watch dem.” I thanked her profusely and handed her kids what I had brought.
Then the day came to take my neighbour’s advice. I had been prepping my kids for like a week and on that day I tried to child proof the house best as I could and then I talked to them once again.
As I was speaking, my littlest one burst in tears and bawled so loud my heart couldn’t take it. So, I packed the lunch I had made and into the van we went. As I drove past my neighbour’s, I told her I wouldn’t be leaving the kids. Her face was like “why na?”😂😂😂
So we rolled together, couldn’t stop shouting and threatening though but they were with me.
We got home at around 8pm and as my elder daughter got down and unlocked the gate she ran back and said, “Mom, someone has opened our door!” I froze at the steering wheel and for a brief moment my feet became numb.
I jumped down and ran into the compound after I had secured the kids in the van. I moved carefully towards the house. Everywhere was dark as there was no power. I used my phone’s torch to look around the compound then with my heart in my mouth i proceeded into the house.
Our TV was gone, the whole house was upside down. I went out to bring the van in and then switched on the generating set. I sat down and the first thing that came to mind which scared me shitless was, what if they had come when the kids were home alone? My brain throbbed, my heart wouldn’t stop pounding. I huddled on the easy couch with all of them hugging me tight. We all cried but for different reasons.
I called my neighbours to come and see what happened and they were quite shocked.
Iya Oyinbo was stupefied. She who had told me to leave the kids at home. A kind of apology/shock was written on her face.
I haven’t stopped thinking about that incident. The burglars came again but when I showed th ghetto side of me to the people I suspected, I haven’t been burgled since. Although, lately I leave them home when I have to go to the market or attend meetings close by. I leave a phone so I can call to know they’re fine. But that one time, was very scary.