On Each Cake Was A Letter

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Memoirs, Relationship
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It took place on the beach. There was food, sand, two knees and two dogs…

Planning

Wedding preparations are not easy. Everyone knows that.  But proposing? That’s the easy part. You just drop on one knee in a well-lighted place; she will cry and hug you. C’est finis!

Not so, my brother. What if you misplace the ring in a bid to ‘hide’ it from your fiancée before the D-day? Where should you propose-in the mall, office, restaurant or beach? Should you stand so you see her eyes when you pop the question or kneel? If you kneel, how many knees? Two knees to show submission or one knee to look good for the camera? A lot goes into a proposal, I tell you.

Before the D-day

In a bid to hide the ring from his sweetheart, the ring got missing. The Search for it is talk for another day. Anyway, 25 liters of fuel and two swear-words later, the ring was found.

Lily singing Eye Adaba by Asa at SS Lounge

I remember tagging along on the fateful week to Murphy’s, a karaoke bar. While the couple sang a Barry White song, I calmly sneaked my camera out expecting Chiladi to drop on his knee(s), Nothing Happened.  Two days later found us at SS Lounge. She (Lily) took the stage and sang a love song by Asa while he stared rapturously. This time, I adjusted the camera specifications on my phone to High Resolution. Nothing Happened.

It had to be The Beach then. I did my part. I made a collection and made sure to add Chidinma’s wedding anthem, ‘Kedike’ to it.

Bad belles, puhleeze don’t start talking about the implications of proposing near water.

Trip

So we loaded the dogs (yeah, I have a dog now*sighs* so much has happened since we last spoke people). We loaded the dogs, small chops, drinks and headed for the beach. We were yet to decide on a strategy for the proposal. That was the proposer’s sole headache.

Now; choice of beach. Woe betides the man who proposes at Elegushi or Oniru. That’s like proposing at the market place. So we headed to the Atikan Beach Resort, a secluded area after Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah.

Beach

A couple of friends had been invited, say twenty folks. We all milled around-eating, drinking, loloxing. I deejayed. Nobody danced. I moved on to greater things.

L-R Ogey (standing), Kes, Friend, Obinna, Seun Idowu (standing), Lily (holding cup of juice), Ferdy (wearing fisherman cap), Sammy, Banji Jackson, Singer, Tobore

As we ate, he fed her a piece of samosa and whispered in her ear, Nothing Happened.

They lay together on the white, wooden recliner wearing matching fisherman caps. Nothing happened.

They went close to the waves and allowed it wash against their feet. Nothing happened.

I kukuma left and raced the dogs. I can’t be stalking people all over the beach.

Sunset

Have you ever witnessed sunset on the beach? It’s epic. The water looks inky blue. The crashing waves sound far off. You might hear a scream from a tireless child still chasing a ball. It is chilly.

Seun Idowu and Chuks-professional photographer and hobbyist, lay on the sand and clicked away. A sunset on the beach is something to die for. That’s when Obinna tapped me and walked away. It Was Time.

Pre-

Me and Obi headed to the car. My German Shepherd and Boerboel crossbreed , Simba tagged dutifully behind. We opened the boot and there it was; a box of red velvet cupcakes. On each cake was a letter, made with white icing. They all formed the words ‘Will You Marry Me?’ In the middle of it, in an open black box, on a velvet pouf sat the equivalent of my house rent-a glittering engagement ring. The white box, blood-red cake, white icing all combined to make me hungry. I wanted to eat the cake that signified a second ‘R’ in the ‘Marry’. Surely, Lily will be too excited to notice spelling errors. But Obinna was taking the task too personal. I let it go.

#Game # Class #Sweg

Proposal

Kes is a world class baker. Rumour has it that he wakes up at night and sleep-bakes. I hope to spend a night in his house. I will sleep-eat. Anyways, he baked the Proposal Cake.

Someone (Obinna) distracted Lily for a while. Ferdy was given the box. I finally turned on my camera. As Lily turned back, Ferdy dropped on his two knees, Gbam! Lily looked at the box in wonder. For a brief moment, I was scared the cakes had been rearranged and she was not getting the message. Then I noticed she was just surprised (like the ladies in the movies).

Ferdy slipped the ring into her finger. Now, we were in a frenzy; snapping, cheering and hoping for some cake. It was too much for me. I danced some atilogwu.

Then someone remembered, ‘She has not given reply. She has not said anything’.

We were close to the water. There were about eight hefty men, all loyal to Ferdy looking at her. I was scared she would respond out of fear and not love. Then she looked at Bros, still on two knees, with his fisherman cap and said ‘Yess! Yess!!’

Epic. Err…I am the one in aviators. Please notice

Events after that are out of my hand. Fumby took to the stage and gave an outstanding rendition of ‘At Last’, an original composition of Etta James.  They danced. They kissed and announced that it was their First Kiss (There are rumours that refute this).

We headed home. The dogs slept immediately they hit the backseat.

Some time from now, I would like to tell a young boy of ‘The day your father proposed to your mother’.

Some time from now…

Congrats Ferdy and Lily

Comments
  1. Aaawwwwww! TAFA! you’re such a ninc!
    Thank you for this hillarious rendition of our proposal story…. lemme see about directing some traffic this way, i’m soo tired of answering the “how did he do it” question!

    thanks again love,
    bisou!

  2. cosmocooks says:

    This is brilliant. I absolutely love this couple. It was a beautiful day, nothing could have been better.

  3. seun ojuri says:

    Beautiful piece! Misst it 4 mai grandma’s salah meat 😦 . Tafa I shudnt miss urs for nething……….:D
    Congrats lily nd ferdy.. I luhv yew tew!

  4. ufuoma says:

    Oh!My!God!this is so so sweet!!!!wow!!!congrats Lilly and Ferdy,love u guys.

  5. gabby says:

    #game #class #sweg. It doesn’t get cuter than this. Congrats ferdie and Lily. Great couple!

  6. i know this is not my blog… but Thanks guys! *cheek*

  7. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I like!!!! 😄 No scrap that, I Loveeeee!!!!!! 😍 😍 I wish you guys a wonderful life together. I don’t know you or the blogger but I think him putting this down is totally awesome

  8. Arabmoney:D says:

    Awwww!cute init?congratulations Lily and Fredie

  9. henry ossai says:

    Wao nice and very romantic, I think we should make a movie from the seeting of d proposal,I’m feellling bad I missed oh,nice article

  10. Folake says:

    Beautiful!!

  11. onome says:

    Beautiful piece

  12. monisola says:

    I want a guy who bakes too!!! So cute,I almost teared up *wipesface*. Congrats to the couple. Nice one Osisiye,don’t make us wait another year before u post sth again.:)

  13. Jemjem says:

    *passes d tissue round for soppy pple like me!
    Congrats Lily and Ferdy *i famz…I kno…but…
    ’twas so beautiful!!!

  14. grace says:

    this is real gud….. me likey…… congrats

  15. jydon says:

    Hmmmmm…..well planned one!!!
    Tafa…u r d best man….
    @ma future wyf…..av started plannin ma proposal to u alredi oo….jes stay tuned :*

  16. Ah! He stole my idea! *folds hands*

  17. Stanley Koko says:

    that was good!! Congratulations and all the best Bro!!

  18. dee says:

    Very nice and romantic. Congrats Ferdy and Lily

  19. Harry Itie says:

    Awwww… Congrats Ferdy 😀

  20. edu says:

    Ahhhhhhh Tafa! Beautiful… Congrats to d couple. Nice one Osisiyene Moi.lol

  21. Ling-Izediunor Ugo says:

    Classy stuffz…Well done Ferdy!..Congrats to u guys… Much Love!

  22. Ogey says:

    Hmmm… Tafa, unbeatable memory plus super hero observatory. Fantastic narrative. Did you come to the beach with a note or … Thumbs up man. Ure gifted.

  23. Poetoria says:

    In a bid not to make this about the writer’s writing skills, I say congratulations, to Ferdy and Lily, I hope you embalmed those cakes somewhere for the memory and not were I’m almost sure it went 🙂

  24. cr8tivphenom says:

    With no shame, I admit that I cried while reading this. I’d seen d pictures frm ‘le proposal’ and thought them stunning but this comic yet well written account just transported me to the scene. It was beautiful eh. I am so posting this link on my twitter page. Congrats Lily and Ferdy.

    Note to future husband: Now that’s how you propose. Anything less and I’m saying NO!!!! *shakara*

  25. chidinma! says:

    This is tres beautiful!
    Congrats Lily and Ferdy.. Nice one Tafa!

  26. […] but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog, please do stop by: https://chipsonmarble.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/on-each-cake-was-a-letter/). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  27. […] but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog, please do stop by: https://chipsonmarble.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/on-each-cake-was-a-letter/). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  28. Cake Factory says:

    LOL @ “Kes is a world class baker. Rumour has it that he wakes up at night and sleep-bakes. I hope to spend a night in his house. I will sleep-eat.”

    You’re welcome to come anytime. Thanks to Ferdy for allowing me to contribute to his proposal. We’ll soon start working on the wedding cake, anniversary cake, then baby’s dedication cake, baby’s first birthday cake, second baby’s dedication cake… :p

    http://cakesiena.blogspot.com
    http://www.facebook.com/cakefactorybykscraft

  29. mimshac says:

    aww you write me happy the pictures were just perfect i felt like i was there , weird dont even know you’s
    thanks and i am so subbing to this blog xx

  30. Nike says:

    Oh dear! i followed this story from Bella Naija… this blogger is a clown. Very interesting piece.
    Pple r in love o, God make me one of them.

  31. Finelady says:

    I ♥♡ this. Its so well written that I feel I was there wen it happened. Kudos to u writer & I wish the couple well.

  32. MODS says:

    OMG I followed this link from BN and I have laughed, cried & almost passed out… True love + ur writing skill/humor is on another level… LOL

  33. Tiki says:

    I really hope I have a friend like you around when the question gets popped! Congrats, Ferdy and Lily…

  34. Ness says:

    Omg. It’s my first time on this blog and I LOVE your writing style! As in, I am in love. Immediately bookmarked as “blog to stalk”. Lol. Lovely proposal storyyyy too

  35. Faith says:

    Beautiful piece

  36. Olori says:

    *goosebumps* This is really cool. Luv ur presentation of the events. Makes me wish I was there. *thumbsup*

  37. estizy says:

    Datz so romantic I wish dem more love nd may God bless their union

  38. Joy says:

    Simply breathtakingly beautiful…….

  39. Kaycee Kings says:

    Wow! Awesome and Cool…
    Adrenalin is Rushin’…. Temperature is begining to Rise… How will mine be…#Nervous

  40. Ekene says:

    Lovely…actually followed the link from Bellanaija after reading “20 Reasons Why I Love Miss Cooper”. I will appreciate if you can contact me, will love to publish their wedding pictures on my blog weddingsnstyle.blogspot.com and will also like to publish this proposal but with your permission…hope to get a response. My contact details are on my blog. Thanks

  41. You’re such a fabulous, hilarious writer!!!!! I just followed your blog… Well done! And congratulations to Ferdy and Miss Cooper!

  42. nshina says:

    I’ve been teary-eyed for the past couple of minutes. Read the ’20 reasons why I love Miss Cooper’ first and now this. Gosh, theirs is such a romantic story and it definitely has restored my faith in Naija men…hehehehe! I wish them the very best.

    I must commend your narrating skills Osisiye! I had to form serious face at some point while reading this post, I’m at work….pretending to be working, mwahahaha!!…I can’t be laughing and grinning from ear to ear…hehehe! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  43. Ify says:

    Awwww so so nice…and this was dated on my birthday last year…wonderful proposal!

  44. I do not (ever) comment on blogs but this is beautiful. Your writing; its honest and filled with humor and style. Congratulations to your friends!

  45. Anu says:

    NO WAY!!! All ds talent n I neva stumbled on ds blog? U r a creatively ruthless writer. Am stayn tuned. And FERDY n LILY, congrats darlings, God has gone ahead 2 straighten every crooked path. Amen!

  46. […] stairs straight into my heart. She did not only end up becoming my colleague, but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog – HERE). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  47. […] stairs straight into my heart. She did not only end up becoming my colleague, but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog – HERE). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  48. […] stairs straight into my heart. She did not only end up becoming my colleague, but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog – HERE). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  49. […] stairs straight into my heart. She did not only end up becoming my colleague, but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog – HERE). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  50. Lizzy says:

    All my BN people, I see y’all. Congratulations to the couple, enjoy your love. As for the writer/blogger, I love you ( letters only ).

  51. Anony says:

    Yeahhhhhhh!!!!!!!! I ate the cake with the letter ‘Y’…lovely cake, lovely scene:) Congrats guys…looking forward to another cake eating opportunity at the wedding…lol. To add, the writer did a great job…nice one:)

  52. seal says:

    congrats to the couple….so happy for dem…looking forward to mine…lolol

  53. BusBus says:

    Absolutely divine! I felt a tug in my heart for them….. Congratulations Ferdy and Lily, best of every good thing in your union…. Writer/Blogger, U are dope!

  54. Kosy says:

    Guy! You are one funny dude… But I love your write up though, it was very good and funny….

  55. amaka says:

    oh wow! followed this from bella naija and looooved it( in a forrest gump voice)…. And eern did i mention yet that the writer got me started with his artistic style of writing (lovestruck much#)…. nways will be stalking over here frm tym to tym esp wen this job becomes tiring( which is always)….

  56. […] stairs straight into my heart. She did not only end up becoming my colleague, but five months ago, I got her engaged (my friend has the details in his blog – HERE). In a few months, we will walk down the […]

  57. mio says:

    Omgggggggggggg! Me luv. Perfect proposal, perfect writer

  58. bissy says:

    Amazing writer,amazing scene.I could totally picture it like I was there.Not d description,but the subtle nuances and the emotions that everyone there must have experienced.
    This scene totally made me laugh.As in Really!
    “We were close to the water.
    There were about eight hefty
    men, all loyal to Ferdy looking
    at her. I was scared she would
    respond out of fear and not
    love. Then she looked at Bros,
    still on two knees, with his
    fisherman cap and said ‘Yess!
    Yess!!’”
    Anyway,congrats to ferd and lily. Hope the young boy shows up soon to hear d story of his parents proposal.

  59. Frank Success says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. dis is just too cool mehn, dis writer is incredible.

  60. Judy says:

    This is a great account of how dis proposal went, it’s funny, entertaining and well decribed. Just had to read about dis proposal after reading 20 reasons why I love Miss Cooper. I hope I have romance like dis in my own proposal

  61. Nancy Ayo says:

    1st timer. This is so so so beautiful. Dreaming of my knight in shining armour. pls come… am waiting. Thumbs up to the writer. You explained in details. Was captivated by every letter. Lol at the mary – marry part. To lily n fred,Thanks for givin me a hope that love, romance, patience and fun still exists. So tired of unreal men.

  62. Debbie says:

    Its so nice but mr Baker it was a question, it ought to have a question mark not fullstop nah. Abi na over excitement na im du u? hahahahahah, nice one

  63. Ebere says:

    Beautiful proposal! Kept on giggling at work while reading this. LOL! You write beautifully.

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