Saturday, 21 May 2011

A Single Lady's Advice To Married Women

I have promised myself that for the next six months, I’m not buying any aso-ebi, it doesn’t matter who is getting married (God help me). Sometimes I wonder what the brides were thinking. Electric blue? I mean is that a colour or a type of fish? Where am I supposed to wear the dress to after the wedding?

On the d-day the bride looks like a painting, with her gelled hair and impeccable make up, grinning from molar to molar and making me wish my wedding could take place sooner.

And then not even two months after, the picture perfect couple are at each other’s throats, their solemn vow of for better for worse thrown out the window.

The battle of the sexes begins.

To my married friends, I have come up with a 10 point agenda to help you navigate the confusing maze called marriage. Ignore it to your detriment. lol

1. Get rid of false expectations
Before the wedding you had it all figured out-3 kids, a 3 bedroom in suburbia, relatives that inform you two months before coming for a visit, a husband who finds every other female unattractive, comes home by 6pm and makes dinner when you are too tired. When he gets home 5 hours before you do and waits for you to come back and fix dinner, don’t say he’s changed. You know what happened? You got married.

2. Birds of the same feather should flock together!
When you were dating, did he play golf on Sunday mornings while you went to church? Does he see Tafa Balogun as a hero for securing the future of his offsprings at the expense of those poor policemen? If it bothered you then but you went ahead with the wedding anyway, it’s a tad too late to be complaining about his lack of integrity, don’t you think?

3. Trust and Fidelity
It is the bedrock on which every relationship is formed. Stop stalking him. If he says he’s at the bank, believe that’s where he is. If he comes home late and says he had a flat tyre, then that’s what happened. Trust him until he gives you a reason not to. Except if you snatched him from your best friend, in which case your maid might most likely bear him a son. It’s called the law of seed time and harvest time. And sometimes it comes pressed down, shaken together and running over too.

4. Get a grip on yourself
You know at first it’s really cute when he hurts you and you cry but let’s face it, after a while, he just gets irritated and equates your tears to blackmail. Besides, if he has sadistic tendencies, he might make you cry just for the fun of it, and probably watch Supersport while you empty your tear ducts.

5. What a man can do, a woman shouldn’t bother doing
Sometimes I get put off by women trying to assert themselves. He asks you on a date, you foot the bill. He takes you shopping; you tell him you can handle it. He wants to pay for your hair, you say you got it covered, thinking, I want him to know I can take care of myself. Are you surprised that now you are married, he tells the landlord to see you when the rent is due?

6. The game is in the chase
Remember how far he went to get you? Remember when he stood on Akpongbon Bridge begging you to marry him or else he’ll kill himself? (Well maybe that was taking it too far) And now he treats you like household furniture? It’s because he’s got you and he knows you ain’t going nowhere; I think? Advice no 7 & 8 should fix this problem.

7. Give him a reason to come back home
Now you are married you’ve let yourself go. You wear corn rows for one month and tie a wrapper on your chest on Saturdays. You eat everything labelled edible and don’t know where your make up kit is. You have a pile of dirty clothes on the living room couch and a bathroom that hasn’t been washed since you got married. And you complain that he never stays at home? Why should he? He may be disorganised but he doesn't expect you to be.

8. Live with Purpose
Beyond getting married, having children and taking care of the home, I honestly believe there is a greater purpose for which you were born. Aspire. Dream. Achieve! It makes you more attractive. Find your purpose and enlist your husband’s support to make it happen. I mean, Okonjo Iweala’s husband must be very proud wherever he is.

9. Money Matters
Never, ever lose your financial independence. There’s nothing wrong with having your own cash. He said he doesn’t want you to work? Well sell ice-block or something. There should be other words in your vocabulary beyond I want, I need, I’ve got to have, give me. He will lose respect for you when he has to support the family all by himself. And God help you if anything happens to him and you are left with children, a greedy set of in-laws and no job.

10. Speak his language- There’s something about familiarity that will make you take him for granted. Then he spoke you listened, now before he gets a word out, you say twenty. Stop wondering why he’ll rather drink with the guys than hang out with you. If he’s acting funny, it’s because you stopped speaking his language. Rediscover what it was that attracted him to you, and live it up.

There it is. I hope it helps.

But then again maybe you shouldn’t take me too seriously, remember, I’m just a single lady. 
© Naomi Lucas


TOSIN said...

No 8 is so on point, it's true aspiring and focused women are so attractive

MsJB said...
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2go said...

This is a good one, i think is will help the married ladies to be faithful to their husbands.

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Anonymous said...

Lol! Be aspiring, attractive & live with some purpose beyond just being 'Mrs'. You would be doing yourself a world of good. Trust me... I know!

Anonymous said...

Good points! But marriages have no almighty formulas and no two are the same. Nothing wrong with career women or independence except where such is allowed to question submission to ur hubby. Okonjo's hubby may well be one of the most miserable in the country...not saying he is but get d point. Domestic engineering is a career though many women dont see it like that. If you are into dom engineering make the best of it, use ur home office to give ur children a real edge in life over kids whose parents spend less time at home. Also ensure a good chunk of the family income is invested for the future, and ensure u get a salary for urself no matter how small from d family income.

Anonymous said...

I have been married for 22years but these points are as apt as they were to me 23years ago, thanks Naomi.

Naomi Lucas said...

@2go, if you say so o :)

Naomi Lucas said...

Domestic engineering. Hmmm. Never heard of that. I've learnt something new today :D. Thanks er, anonymous

Naomi Lucas said...

You're most welcome Joy.

Dobby said...

Lolz! Good on point.

curious wife said...

Pls i have a question o, on the trust and fidelity part. So if on your wedding day, your husband exchanges 15calls with a girl (none in your presence) and the morning after, he leaves the hotel room to go and call her. And he deletes only the girls call logs and txt msgs, am i to still trust him 100%? And when you ask him about this girl, he develops amnesia unless u show him something the girl tweeted then a little bit of his memory comes back. Abeg am i to trust him 100% even though it is obvious he is deleting the logs and all?

Naomi Lucas said...

Thanks Dobby

Naomi Lucas said...

Curious wife, there's more to this story than you have said here. It's obvious what your husband is up to. It was something you had noticed on your wedding day. It means he was doing it way before you got married, but you married him anyway.

My take is, you can't make someone want to be with you or love you. And anyone who has to be hounded to do so, isn't worth being with. It isn't about how I feel or what I want, it's just having dignity for myself enough to know that I deserve better...

curious wife said...

Noticed it during the honeymoon. And no, we werent living together before the marriage so i wasnt aware.
I really love your response though. Thats exactly what i told him.

Naomi Lucas said...

So sorry to hear that. Keep your head up my dear. And never lose respect for yourself. Get on your knees and try in your own little way to make it work so if tomorrow you decide you'e had enough bullish*#&t, no one will say you didn't try!

Beauty said...

I Love this, Naomi how do U know that I've started practising some of this skills. Few days ago my mum was telling me that even if I'm working and earning salary that it is how my hubby wants me 2 spend it I will spend it. Trust me I challenged her immediately that no man have control over my money. I was shocked the way she talked cos this is a woman who suffered in her marital home for 19 yrs.
I told her i won't allow any man 2 use my head cos they ve done it b4. Thanks so much 4 this piece.

Beauty said...

I Love this, Naomi how do U know that I've started practising some of this skills. Few days ago my mum was telling me that even if I'm working and earning salary that it is how my hubby wants me 2 spend it I will spend it. Trust me I challenged her immediately that no man have control over my money. I was shocked the way she talked cos this is a woman who suffered in her marital home for 19 yrs.
I told her i won't allow any man 2 use my head cos they ve done it b4. Thanks so much 4 this piece.

Anonymous said...

Nice write up! But as a certain anonymous said, there are no almighty formulars to a marriage, what works for A may not work for B. The most important things ladies that have decided that they want to ultimately settle down should have in mind b4 marriage are;
A) God comes first
B) Your family next above any other thing!!! Be it career, financial independence or whatever u call it! As the woman of the home, you are d glue that keeps it together and once u start to fail in ur responsibility, ur family will crumble!
C) Then after your family, ur chosen career...

And then I totally agree with all the points u made concerning knowing d kind of man u abt to marry, his behaviour etc and also giving him a reason to come home everyday!

Naomi Lucas said...

I agree totally Anonymous :)

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Kudzai said...

No. 5 most critical. Give a man half a chance to do nothing and he'll gladly fold his hands and do just that -- nothing guilt free.