The fast pace of my heartbeat kept me sleepless knowing that it was Sunday. Knowing that it would be the first time after seven years that I'd step feet in my home church kept me up all night. Although I was ready to see familiar faces from my past, I couldn't wait to see how Jacob grew up to be. Back in our glorious days of our teenage years singing in the youth choir, the girls and I seemed to have a love and hate relationship with Jacob. I knew deep down we were just being ridiculous obnoxious teenagers since in the end we all got along with him. Our Sunday morning started with breakfast and conversations around the table with Kell and Tobie. I would stop by the table not being able to hide my excitement to visit Karibe Hotel with them later that evening. After our breakfast my mom and I arrived twenty minutes before the 2nd service started. Even before our entrance inside of the sanctuary we were greeted by members of the church who remembered mom and could not believe that I was no longer that chubby child they knew before. As we made our way toward the bench to take our seats I heard someone with enthusiasm said "Oh It's Mrs Ch and Sophie wow" It was an understanding that I was excited to be there but that little lady comment made me more excited to be there. We finally sat down at the bench and my head went spinning in all direction to observe the atmosphere. With all these new faces I felt so much like a stranger staring at a place she knew well before. I reminded myself that after years of absence there's bound to be changes whether they were good and bad. When service started I was delighted to know that worship was lead by young people since May is the month of youth. At my big surprise it was none other than Jacob who was leading service in the company of the choir.
After service ended my mom was once again surrounded by people who were happy to see her. They were asking so much question from how she was doing, how our circumstance change from sickness to mortality. They were also curious to know if I was still that chubby kid forgetting that babies grow up to be young adults. As I am making my way out of the crowd I kept greeting and hugged familiar faces from the young to old with a sincere smile translating that I was happy to be among them. I finally reached Jacob and we hugged each other so tight that I almost lost my standing balance, surprised to how he held me and noticed how handsome he's gotten. He grew up to be taller from the last time I saw him, I complimented him to the improvement he made in his singing voice. After the first couple of conversation I head up to greet Marina at her sort of Coffee-shop located by the church. Marina was actually among the first people I've seen upon my first week in Haiti during my second day in Haiti and in the funeral of my Aunt. She came to support us that day so it only made sense that I went to greet her after church. When I came in she was cooking and serving her customers, even so we talked about everything from my haircut, my life in the states, my studies and how fast the years have gone. As I am going upstairs, she suggested that I eat something before I head to watch a choir rehearsal. She was also among the people who thought that I didn't want to eat, in fact little did they know I had a big appetite. I just didn't want to lose my "sexy" silhouette gotten from a work-out that I did before my trip. Despite the stress that I was under during my previous week, Marina didn't fail to feed me (among my other lovely feeders lol) and spoil me with goodies. The evening finally approached when Kell and Tobbie came to pick me up from church. Though it was time for me to leave Jacob suggested that we set up a date to see each other outside of church to catch up and catch in with the about of our lives. I wave goodbye to everyone promising them that I would be spending time with them as much as I could and left to go on in my little evening out with Kel and Tobie at Karibe Hotel. When Kel and I were walking fast to go find Tobie in the car, I had no idea this Sunday evening held something that would change my life again.
To Be Continued...
It's all Love