Secondly, the Oscar Awards; Argo won the best picture, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Les Miserable all won awards and the award for the best original song went to Adele's "Skyfall" , for the James Bond movie "Skyfall|. Come to think of it, was that Skyfall movie that interesting? I think for me, the best part of the movie was the sound track. The sound track was so electrifying, so emotionally absorbing, Adele nailed it. But argue it or not, yes the movie was very nice, but not that nice. As far as I was concerned, it was over hyped. Talking about movies and hypes, one of the worst I ever saw was that Nigerian movie "Mirror Boy" it was so hyped, they said it won all sort of awards. Having watched other Nigerians films like Figurine, Ije, Man on Ground and Anchor Baby (by the way that was so fantastic, the whole lot of us at the cinema, were like, no, the girl needs to go back and show those people and so on), I carried my Nigerian-movie-fan-self to the cinema to see "Mirror Boy", and that was my big mistake, Genevieve tried her best, but the story was completely drab, poor quality story, so no matter how fine they tried to act, the story line wouldn't let them. Then the same company decided to do a movie of the plane crash, I think they called it "Last Flight to Abuja", of course, once beaten, twice shy.
Thirdly, we had a new baby in our family, and I was honoured to be present at the delivery. I witnessed them deliver the 3.7kg screaming, pretty, cute and tender darling. My God, all slimy, with curled hair, and the umbilical cord just separated and the green dressed nurse running up and down - sucking out the fluids from the nose so the little cutie does not choke, intermittently raising him, leg up and rubbing the back quickly but gently, to ensure air passage, cutting and clipping the cords, then, the commands - pass the oil, pass the pads, hold the bottle, then all the wiping, with the baby yelling often as they went through all the processes, then the warm bath. And guess what, yours truly had to provide supports and take plenty pictures so no one misses out on these beautiful moments. The whole birth process still bewilders me; it just puts me in awe of women. In my opinion, apart from the fact that women are more delicately formed, they are literally stronger than men especially in their ability to endure pain. Men, we hate pains, we are so unfamiliar with it. The only natural pain a man feels is when he is being circumcised, after that nothing else. To start with, we don't have menstrual period with all its attending monthly issues. Let's even talk about this, majority of working class women still have to go to work at those times of the month and act as if nothing is happening. If it were to be men having menstrual period, I bet you, we are going to shut down. I am sure I won't go to work, I will sulk until they cook me fresh fish and banga soup, then feed it to me, then help me do all those house chores that I hate to do, and above all, we would hoodwink everyone to leave the TV at the sports channel, afterall we are feeling pains. I am sure God foresaw all those cute behaviours we would have exhibited and said, 'No way, men, no menstrual period for you'. Just imagine what our mothers and sisters see when the boys just have small injuries. Men, we are just whiners sometimes. Talk of pregnancy and delivery, can you imagine what would happen if men were the ones getting pregnant? No way, I am sure we would all be begging God by now! What? From that first pregnancy test, then the morning sickness - it is only in pregnancy that someone would be vomiting all night and they will call it morning sickness. Then after 3 months of intense vomiting, they come and tell you it is just the end of the first trimester, and that you still have six months to go, then the spitting, and then big stomach with constant kicking inside, then all the hormone jostling up and down, then the delivery date. I am sure that by the time a guy considers how the doctors will do a CS on him, he will just tell the doctor, 'forget it, let me stay pregnant'. Men, we hate pain, I tell you. And God was kind; He designed us as wash and wear. Women used to wonder why men act the way they do; never wash their plates or do the chores except under duress, never wash their dirty jeans for weeks unending, fling their socks and shoes when they come back from work, name it, all our bad habits, it is because we were made from d-u-s-t! We are happiest when we are as close to "dust" as can be. So please women, don't be too angry, we are just being natural.
In my opinion, we need to make it compulsory for husbands to be there at the delivery of their children. For one, you can't see those sights and not have something shift in your heart. Maybe a lot of the aggression husbands exercise towards their wives will reduce considerably when they see what those women go through to give us these little princes and princesses, all the pains they have to endure, all the stress that, in a life time, we men will never fully or truly understand.
I celebrate all the women in my life - my wife (who is expecting a baby, may you deliver safely in Jesus name), my sisters-in-law (who just had their second children each), my mother, my other sisters (in-law), and all my female colleagues with whom I hunt daily in the work place. I celebrate you for the many joys you bring to our lives and for loving us and taking care of us regardless of what you are going through. I love you all. Please join me by celebrating the women in your life too. Welcome to the Women's History Month. Love and blessings!