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Friday, July 03, 2015

A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE

'Please don't cry' I told him as he stood in front of my apartment door. 'You can come back,ok?' he nodded, left and came an hour later. I had to take him to the room to see for himself, and he grinned. 'You can wait for him and watch a movie, if you like', he accepted eagerly. My son woke up, and they are both in the parlour this moment as I am typing playing games. 

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He is my eldest son's school mate, who lives a block away. Sometimes they play together, like yesterday afternoon. So around past noon today, he came knocking, that he wanted to play with my son, his other friend who promised to come to the playground didn't show up. I told him my son was sleeping. His eyes became misty and voice teary, 'I have nobody to play with me' he said. I  petted him.

When he came back, I took him to the room to see for himself that he was sleeping, I even tried to rouse my son from sleep, WHOSAI! That was when my eldest daughter told me he slept by 6:00am! It is summer, I don't restrict their bed-time. I slept around 2:00am myself, my 2nd daughter brought my baby to lie beside me by 4:00am, hubby woke up then, and started gisting with me, I was replying with sleepy voice, he went to the parlour, when I was not responsive, so I didn't know when they all slept. I woke up around 8:00am and everybody was still sleeping, had my bath, and relaxed on the settee, until hubby and baby woke up, prepared breakfast, then he knocked around 12:43pm, came back around 1:57pm, my son woke up around 2:33pm, now it 3:48pm, and they are playing games! My neighbour opposite sometimes holds barbecue party on weekends from 11pm till 5:00am! My upstairs neighbour sometimes plays this soulful music around 12midnigh-2:00am! Welcome to summer!

You see, lifestyle here can be sedentary. This much, my doctor said when I took one of my kids for routine check up yesterday. She advised me to keep them very active by allowing them to go outside to play, running, cycling and walking, watch what they eat, because summer makes many to add weight, and some children becomes obese!  The sun is blazing hot, that kids come out to play around 6pm till 9pm, sometimes at 11pm, I hear kids voices outside. The pool in my residential complex was closed this summer because of a terrible incident that happened in a neighbourhood pool, so to avoid similar catastrophe, they closed it.

The routine here is to drive to anywhere you are going. You will hardly see people walking on the streets in the city I live. Only one or two persons at the bus/stop sometimes. The fear of litigation makes people to strictly mind their business. Infact, it is a big risk, I am taking letting him in. GOD help me! Fear no let me give am food o! Because, I don't know if he has allergies. I gave him bottled water yesterday, instead from the water dispenser, because I no want wahala! Everybody is security conscious .... he just left at 4:19pm ... so as I was saying, people are being cautious, hence, the sedentary life.  Some go clubbing, vacationing, window shopping at the malls, parks, six flags, concerts, picnics, pool parties and barbecues ... but not as often as we want, because it cost time and money, and believe me when I say that some can't afford both. So, our gadgets keeps us company. Right now, I am watching an old TV show; Ally Mcbeal while updating, and all my kids are running, playing, shouting. The apartment is in disarray! I no fit shout abeg!

Tomorrow is July 4th, America Independence day! YE-HAW!!! Happy independence day! There will be sales tomorrow! Going shopping! Have a lovely weekend you all.






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