Sunday 17 December 2017
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“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.” -Andrew Carnegie

Ryan and Idy are about 18months apart age but to us they are literarily twins, simply because you can not do one thing for one and not do for the other. Otherwise you risk losing, albeit temporarily, the serenity in your home.

As old school parents my wife and I still practice hand-me-down boutique our home. So, Ryan being the older one passes down most off his wears to his younger brother, Idy. This had gone on without concurrent replenishing of his wears leading him running low on wears.

So, on this particular Saturday we had gone to shop for a pair of school shoes for Ryan. And when Idy saw the shoes, he did the natural. “Mummy, what about mine?”

My wife suddenly went sullen and shot me a pensive look before she turned to him and began to explain. Idy listened briefly and afterwards bursted into tears.

I felt really bad and so did my wife, who left us in the car to continue her shopping. “Idara!” I called out to my younger son.

Idy shrugged his shoulders mutely and with a deafening silence he trudged to the back seat of our car sulking, and Ryan followed closely behind him.

Ignoring his silence I went on to explain in an understandable tone. “Ryan has only one pair of shoes for school,” I said in a soft tone of voice. “Pray for daddy to have money and buy more for you and your brother.”

“Teams share the burden and divide the grief.” -Doug Smith.

I ended by promising him to get his. Nonetheless, my son remained at the backseat sulking with Ryan joining me in consoling him. I reiterated my explanation and let him be.

Minutes later, I felt a light tap on my head. I turned to see Idy duck behind the driver’s seat where I sat. I smiled within me. “Leave me joor!” I teased. “Daddy called you, but you didn’t come.”

My son still didn’t utter a word. Instead, he continued to tap me and duck intermittently. I laughed lightly and tried to catch his arm without looking back. Then I called him to the passenger seat beside me. This time, he obliged. I looked him in the eyes and repeated my explanation with an apologetic look.

A soft smile lit up Idy’s face as he nodded. And I wrapped my arms around him as we all hugged. I, Idy and Ryan!

“Family team works only when the family works as a team!”
– Timothy William.

Family team not only works, it bonds!

# Parenting is a Divine Mandate.
# Parenting is the best legacy.
Happy Parenting!

P.s. Feature image source – Getty images.

Efiok Udoh

Efiok William Udoh, the second son in a family of six siblings, is a Nigerian-born Russian-trained Medical Practitioner, who has been in Private Practice for over a decade. He is an aspiring writer, fluent in English, Russian, and Portuguese languages. He is an ardent reader, a die-hard romantic and optimist. He loves to cook, travel and spend time with his family playing, having crazy fun and creating awesome memories. He is married to the jaw-dropping beautiful ex-model, Bernice, the woman of his dreams, whom he met in December 2009. They have two kids and currently live in Lagos, Nigeria.

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