As I dressed her up this morning in red top and navy blue pants we had a chat. I explained to her the reason they were asked to wear either white, red or blue top to mark today. I explained to her what happened on September 11th, 2001.
Me: your school is honoring the day and that day in 2001 some people flew some aeroplanes into those kind of tall buildings in Manhattan and killed many people.
Daniella : what???????? What????? Are they wicked people???
Me: Yes, they were wicked, anyone who could do that must be wicked.
Daniella: people died? Ohhhh no whyyy??
Me: so the three colors are colors of American flag.
Daniella: Yes, my teacher told me. I am sad now mummy. I will get those people. I must get them!!
Me: they are dead, how can you get them?
Daniella: OK. Don’t forget my egg, snack, yogurt, orange and sandwich.
Me: no!! That’s a whole lot. I won’t give you all of those. You get breakfast and lunch in school and whatever I give you is something to snack on. You get one boiled egg, one orange and a snack.
Daniella: (sobs) I want yogurt. Please mummy.
Me: No, you get yogurt in your breakfast pack in school. I saw your meal on Thursday. Please don’t start because you won’t like my reaction. I will report you to your Aunty in school.
Daniella: she’s my teacher!!!! Why do you always call her my aunty? She’s not my aunty OK? OK? OK mummy?
Me: OK. I have heard. In Nigeria we call female teachers Aunty so that’s what I am used to.
Daniella : this is not Nigeria. This is Queens! This is Queens in America. Say it mummy!
Me: this is Queens In America!! (rolling my eyes)
Daniella: say it again.
Me: as per what kwanu? I said it once and thats OK.
Daniella: every day every day you call Ms………… my Aunty. She’s my teacher and Aunt Ify is my Aunty. Oge’s Mummy in Dallas is my Aunty and errrrmmmmm that Aunty that sent me that money. Mummy Where’s the money????
Me: Daniella, let’s review your homework. What’s the title of the book we read yesterday?
Daniella : the princess and the frog…..( She told me the story).
I am back in the kitchen cooking my SJR while she’s seated by the window watching out for the bus. Ekelu ọlụ eke nụ. When the bus pulls up, she alerts me and I take her out. Let me rush down and grab my bra to avoid somethings!!!
I hope she doesn’t ask about that money again. She’s owing me rent and feeding costs. Nansense and money inquisition!!!