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Laura Nnamdi: Lemon Letters

I identify with those who have fragile skulls and can’t stand lemons being thrown at them. I understand those who need cooking books because they can’t handle a lemon, don’t know what to make out of it.

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Dear Remi,

What do you do when life throws lemons at you? Some people say, “Make lemonades.” I say, make lemonades if you can, but a lemon meringue pie won’t be bad either. Or you eat ‘em lemons sour and post a thank-you note to life.

There is a last option: duck behind a chair or something, so the lemons don’t hit you.

I admire those who can easily squeeze out lemonades, those whose baking skills are second to none, those who can eat “sour” and not “squeeze” their faces. But I understand those who can neither make homemade juice, nor bake a pie, nor comfortably chew something bitter. I identify with those who have fragile skulls and can’t stand lemons being thrown at them. I understand those who need cooking books because they can’t handle a lemon, don’t know what to make out of it.

“I’ve been through worse and I didn’t die.” “People go through stuff everyday, are you the only one?” True. You are strong enough to withstand the hits and the heat. However, people are wired differently. So pardon me when I look down and fidget when you would have “laughed in the face of danger,” as Simba said to Nala in The Lion King. Excuse my weakness if it irritates you so. Excuse my clumsiness when I fall and you think it’s just a poor attempt at seeking attention.

Pardon me if I can’t handle plunging grades, if I’m a disappointment because I can’t endure an abusive partner. Indulge me when I cry from a broken heart and stay in bed because I hurt.

Nonetheless, I would be glad if you could teach me how to bake a pie, or make lemonades, or take the bitter lemon and not break down, because I know I can’t stop life from doing what it has to do. Be patient with me, and understand that I might get tired of the lemons because I am not as strong as you are. And if I do, I will take some time off. I might throw in the towel and just walk away. I will do anything to remain sane, even if they are not things you would consider acts of strength.

Love,
Laura.

Nnamdi Laura Chioma is a Nigeria writer and a 400level law student at the University of Nigeria. Her poems have been published on some online literary magazines. She currently isn't functional on any social media platform aside WhatsApp. She loves the Lord, chocolates, horror movies and is a helpless romantic.

7 Comments

  1. allshadesfemale

    July 26, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Nice writeup

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  2. Nnamdi Laura

    July 26, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Thank you.

  3. Fysti

    July 26, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Nice write up. Everybody around me considers me strong and able to make lemonades out of every situation life throws me when sometimes i just want to duck behind the chair.

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  4. Poesy

    July 26, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you Laura for this. I had been feeling guilty because I faced a challenge and did something similar. Now I choose to celebrate my survival over triumph. The triumph will come soon. But I did what I could do at the time.

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  5. Nnamdi Laura

    July 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Sometimes you should, so a lemon doesn’t hit u bad. You’ll be fine.

  6. Nnamdi Laura

    July 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Poesy. A step at a time yeah?!

  7. Starry

    July 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Nice… choose a suitable survival strategy anytime anyday, so long as you ain’t hurting Noone.

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