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What A Man!

We continue from where we left off in part one. Here is a link for those who might have missed it. Tap to read: Who’s That Guy?

6. Valentine’s Day: I got a phone call the day before Valentine’s Day in 2021. It was Brandon, asking if I had anything planned. I didn’t, and I told him as much. 

The following day, he came with Takeaway food from the Food Hub and presented me with a cute gift. Imagine my supervise, especially when I thought I’d spend the day sleeping. That day was special in so many ways, but the most significant was the fact that  

Brandon was the first guy to give me my first Valentine’s gift.

7. Graduation Dinner: On the day we graduated, Brandon took me and a few others out. Among them were his aunt, cousin, landlord and boss.

During the dinner, it appeared like I was the guest of honor. Somehow everyone knew me, yet I didn’t know them. Apparently, Brandon had told them about how instrumental I had been and how I had helped him get through school. His aunt and several others present that day thanked me for loving him.

Later after my speech in which I mentioned a few things that he had done for me, Brandon stood up and said that none of the things I had mentioned, equated to what I had done for him. Long story short, Brandon covered the bill that night and it was 800,000 shillings. When he saw my concern, he just laughed and said that it was little money. 

8. Shifting: On the day that I shifted, Brandon offered voluntarily to help me pack. But oh the sorrow he had! 

About a week or two later, he was predictably the first person to visit me at my new place of residence. I cooked for him and later as we ate, we talked. 

My former place of residence was a room on the second floor, and it’s window had a view of the main road. Brandon told me how sorrowful it was for him to walk by that building; and how painful it was for him to look up at my former room, knowing that I did not stay there anymore. 

Just then, he paused, and with deep sorrow, he looked at me and said: “Have you ever missed someone that was just in front of you? Because I miss you soo much, even when you are sitting right in front of me”. 

That evening, he asked so many questions about the place, how much I paid for rent, and if there was a vacant room. It was obvious he wanted to shift to where I was. All the rooms were occupied, for which I was grateful. Afterall, absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

9. Photoshoot: He paid for my graduation photoshoot. To this day, I have cute photos from my graduation only because Brandon made it possible. 

10. Cooking: At my former workplace, lunch was scrapped off the budget during Covid-19. Those were hard and difficult times for everyone. I had to walk to and from work daily. Food was very expensive in town, and so I had to either cook and pack something from home, or spend the day hungry. Brandon got to know about it, and he reacted in a very sweet and thoughtful manner. 

One afternoon, he called me at work and asked if he could cook for me. I was dumbfounded. What a guy! I walked back that evening then went to his place. I was a few hours late, but even then, he waited and didn’t eat until when I showed up. I was amazed that he had waited, even when he was ravenous. 

I had eaten his food before, and granted, Brandon was not the world’s best cook, but that day, he really did an excellent job. The food was extremely good. 

Brandon used to tell me not to mind his cooking, and that his mom would cook for me better food if I ever visited Rwanda. 

Well, I still have something to look forward to, don’t I?

The End!

Disclaimer: The names that feature in this story are fictitious. They were made up to protect the identity and privacy of those involved.

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3 Comments

  1. Barbara

    June 7, 2024 at 1:09 pm

    Actions speak louder than words😊

    1. Echoes Over Coffee

      June 7, 2024 at 1:23 pm

      They do, but timing is also very important in these things.

      “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

      “For God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

      “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

  2. Tukamushaba Godfrey

    June 16, 2024 at 6:04 pm

    Please look for Brandon ASAP.
    Yeah all men aren’t the same. Some are genuine friends.

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