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The serendipity of events unfolded itself gallantly and held a lot of redefinition of perceptions.
I was in a new world, a world of technology sophistication. Quite a beautiful world with a lot of crazy yet sane individuals. Individuals hustling hard to be able to foot their bills. Enjoyment galore in abundance but at a price of your capacity. Very big people whom had pretty much folds almost every where. The plus sizes were really plus sizes. They looked prosperous and destitute. Destitute? Yes! Destitute.
My first week was exciting. I got adapted to the whole setting so fast that it was alarming to me. There was the time factor which was actually a very major one. It was five (5) hours difference to the Nigerian time. So when my friends are asleep, I’m trying to enjoy the evening with almost everything I wanted at my disposal yet unable to make sense of it all. All junks and things I had been craving for stared at me, but I kept using and taking the same thing again and again….. I really wanted to enjoy my stay to the fullest so I always made sure I was going out with my uncle. The first week was the shopping week. We visited so many store outlets that I got tired of the word ‘shopping’. Then the buffet experience. I thought I was a tank The chinese cuisine called “The Great Chow” made me realize I wasn’t a tank at all. Most times at the first meal I’m already filled up. My Uncle would laugh at me and talk about how I don’t eat and I would laugh in my mind saying ‘only if he knew how much I eat’. I just couldn’t place why I wasn’t always able to eat to my usual capacity. Gradually, I began to realize my system hadn’t actually adjusted but mentally I had. Funny right?
I wake up one morning grateful for where I am, while trying to get up from the bed, my eyes caught a board decorated with images and icons. I move closer to it and then I felt engulfed by what the board represented. I called it the ‘Life Board’. It reflected a lot. I fell in love with the Illustrator of the board even though I hadn’t met her. It made me realize the power of little things, the concept of dreaming and pursuing despite seemingly big hindrances. Looking at the life board and the little I had gotten to know about the illustrator, I could tell she was going to attain her dreams eventually. She made me have a rethink of myself I was greatly inspired by her craftiness and creativity in articulating who she wanted to be…..
Even in the Great America there’s Destitute!
Destitute amidst the flourishing prosperous living. The roads weren’t gold pleated and there were beggars. Beggars whom somehow found a way of surviving. They weren’t just blacks, there were whites as well. These beggars found comfort living on the roads, these beggars begged while there was traffic like on the roads of Lagos. And well, they practiced another level of hawking. They trade water in traffic during the seemingly hot weather to reduce dehydration and of course the earning part…..
I met another generation of the family, Camdyn. A sweet smart child barely up to six(6) years old. He made the stay awesome for me. Camdyn formed the habit of waking up and beating his way to where I sleep. He would lie between myself and my mum and ask questions that I most times would ponder on later from another angle. Camdyn always wanted to be where I was. Has little as he was, he would pass comments like an adult. He would tell you in a way that made you know what he wants and what he doesn’t. He acted like a man except for the fact that he liked running😒. He had his fears he someway always wanted to be told he is Frong(Strong).
We were always going out, sight seeing, going to the gym 😉 eating out and Yes! Pizza became a food I got tired of eating. There was this snacks I really liked, “Dunkins” It was like burger bread. I ate all sorts because my uncle and aunt would come back home with them. My Uncle asked one day, “where would you like going before you go back to Nigeria” I exclaimed CNN! I really just wanted to have an Idea of how they do what they do. He paid for the tour and we embarked on the CNN Studio Tours. We were told CNN had the longest Escalator in the world which was actually apparent it felt endless while we were on it. We were given an Overview of how reporting is and the sophisticated technology which aids the excellent delivery of the news reports. I got fascinated by the young pool of employees they had on their desk in discovering stories or trends all over the world. The each had a desk or department. Looking at them from where I stood barely a distance away as we were seperated by a thick glass, I smiled to myself admitting all but positive vibes to myself. Visiting CNN was really Inspiring.
We also made our way to history. The historic Auburn Avenue where Martin Luther King Jr had lived and used to hold his meetings. Nothing had changed the houses were still in their original state. They didn’t look abandoned. We moved quite some steps away to the foundation that had been set in place to Honour Martin Luther King Jr. They would be celebrating the 50th year of establishing the foundation in August. At the Foundation,there’s a beautiful fountain of endless flowing stream of water that had steps which had inscriptions that implied ‘Continuity into Greatness’. The pool of water had coins in it. I could as well say it was filled with coins in it. We took pictures and videos leaving the place with captured moments and headed for a buffet love feast. I got to see a movie with family, it was an animation titled “Coco”(you should watch it if you haven’t). I enjoyed the movie especially because my cousin was around as well.
Writing about The Atlanta Experience, gives so much pleasure and reminder of a wonderful break.
On our way back to Nigeria, we were on board with Tee-A. The plane experience back to Nigeria was also an interesting one. We landed in Nigeria ready to face what we have in store not forgetting the lessons that had shaped our perceptions from The Atlanta Experience.😊
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From the desk of Mary Elebijo