This school uniform makes me look like a sexy lawyer .
I'm looking at my reflection on the big sized mirror and damn , I look sexy .
Whoever designed this uniform for Crystal High School students , definitely has taste . Exclusive and expensive taste .
I'm wearing a white school shirt which I tucked into my black and gold scotched pleated mini school skirt( I so hate anything below my knees when it comes to skirts and dresses) with a gold bow tie and a black blazer .
Instead of school socks and school shoes like any other school , I'm wearing light brown stockings with black stilletoes .
The final touch of this uniform is a white Fedora hat .
Not only is my new school , Crystal High School very posh , it also has posh taste.
Like, this whole uniform blends with my dark melanin skin and my short petite but curvy body .
I was once slender , but I had gained weight when I was pregnant with Sapphire , my baby girl .
I only lost weight on my tummy through gyming , giving me that Nicki Minaj body and in this uniform , I look the bomb .
My big Jackson five afro is braided into thickish shoulder length cornrows with clear beads at the ends .
The eye spectacles that my dad bought for me makes my high cheekbones , my almond shaped hazel eyes and full lips stand out .
"Jewel Rose Fostino , you are beautiful . A true dark melanin , a dark beauty and you should know that " I say to myself , with a big enthusiastic smile on my face as I look at my reflection on the mirror.
"Knock, knock !"
"Come in ,"I reply to the person knocking on the door , as I spray myself with body spray .
The door opens .
Grandma enters in the room carrying my daughter in her arms together with a black and white striped gift bag .
"Wow , you really look stunning dear !" Grandma compliments me .
I smile ."Thank you Grandma . How you doing my angel ?" I say to my daughter .
She looks at me with a serious face , like there is something bothering her.
I look at Grandma .
" She doesn't like the fact that you are going to school ," Grandma says with a shrug .
I carry Sapphire , who is wearing her favourite Frozen pyjamas out of Grandma's arms .
She is very heavy for a one year old but she looks average built as every other child .
" Munchie , talk to me."
Sapphire looks at me with glassy eyes.
She is in pain .
" Sweety , I'm not going for ever . When mommy puts you to sleep and you wake up , I'll be sitting right next to you , okay ."
She relaxes her body , showing that she is getting calmer .
"You won't go forever ?" Sapphire asks with her cute voice that makes anyone around her want to smile .
I nod my head .
I hate having to lie to my daughter . It really pains my heart that I'll not be with her for those seven to eight hours of school .
I give her a kiss .
She smiles .
" Huggy ?" She says looking at me with her big million dollar smile .
I reply ," Huggy !".
We hug each other tightly .
This is what makes us bond so deeply.
"She will soon learn how to cope without you being around . She'll get used to it ," Grandma says , joining in on the hug .
" I hope so ," I add , sadly .
Grandma hands me the gift bag .
I allow her to carry Sapphire for me as I open the gift bag .
" What ! " I exclaim , with surprise ,"Grandma , this is the Diamond studded limited edition Parker set ! Oh my gosh , thank you thank you thank you very very very much ."
I rush to her to give her a big hug . Well , her and Sapphire .
" I'm glad you like it !"she replies after I break away from the hug .
" Love, that's what you mean . I love it . How did you get though ?"
Grandma winks ,"Grandma knows best . Now you can go to school with class and style . From your uniform , to your looks to your books dear . This is your final year dear and you need to make big use of it . Don't spoil this opportunity . You need Sapphire to look up to you and you have to be a good role model to her . You need to be the mother that's she is proud to have . Your mom was going to be proud of the woman you will become . I have faith in you Jew . "
I nod .
She kisses me on my cheek.
" Me and our little Fostino princess is going to start having breakfast . You must join us as soon as you are ready , sweety . And don't take forever ."
By that , Grandma and Sapphire leave the room .
My real mom passed away when I was two . So it was Dad and Grandma who have raised me . Even though our family is wealthy , I was brought up without being getting everything on a silver platter . I was raised with a German hand but not in a harsh way.
Dad and Grandma are very working since they both own their own companies . Grandma has advertising company, whilst Dad's has a construction and engineering company .
But , ever since I got pregnant with Sapphire and gave birth to her and raised her till she made one year , Grandma got someone to manage her company so that she could help be a good mother to Sapphire .
With Grandma and Dad's help , I wasn't faced with alot of difficulties when it came to raising Sapphire but they also made me learn that she is not a doll , she is a human being and she is my full responsibility .
Being a single mom at eighteen isn't easy too.
Sapphire's dad went AWOL as soon as he found out that I was pregnant .
It hurt at first but with my families help , it closed the pain that I had of Sapphire growing up knowing her dad was too scared to own up to his responsibility and be a dad for his daughter .
But the time will come when Sapphire will need her dad and maybe he will accept her as his daughter .
I walk down the ivory coloured staircase with gold railings on the side and a black and white carpet with gold roses on the staircase floor for an elegant touch .
I'm looking at our pictures with glass frames on the cream coloured wall.
There are mostly Sapphire's , Mom and my pictures on the wall. If anyone else could look at these pictures , they would think that it's one person from birth to adulthood . Yes , Sapphire and I look exactly like Mom , except I am darker than both of them and Sapphire has sapphire blue eyes . That's how she got her name , because of the colour of her eyes , which she took after her dad who has the same colour eyes .
"Have I ever told you that you look like your Mom ?"
I turn around .
"Good morning Dad , "I greet , politely ," yes , you have. A thousand times ."
Dad replies , placing one arm over my shoulder and placing his other hand on Mom's picture , where she is wearing a white jumpsuit ,black sunglasses and white sandals, posing at the beach and she was smiling . Mom had a beautiful smile, just like Sapphire . I have the same body structure , face, eyes , and personality like Mom's, so I am told .
I just have Dad's dark in complexion skin colour . Mom was light skinned , like Sapphire .
Sapphire looks alot like Mom .
"Good morning Jew , how was your night ?"Dad asks , still looking at Mom's picture.
I reply ,"I couldn't sleep . I was thinking about my first day at a new school ."
Dad chuckles .
"Butterflies or you are nervous ?"
"Both ," I respond with a shrug .
"It's all going to be alright , you'll handle it . I trust you will ,"Dad says , not taking his eyes away from Mom's picture.
I look at him .
He has so much pain in his eyes .
"You miss Mom, right ?"
He nods .
"Your Mom was the most amazing woman . The day she was buried , she left with a part of me . I can never love another woman the way I loved your Mom. No woman can make me happy as she did . Seeing you everyday feels like she is here with me. You are growing up looking and behaving alot like your Mom . You and Saphy (Dad's nickname for Sapphire ) look exactly like her and I am thankful to the Lord for that because I see her through the both of you and to me , that's enough happiness and love to last me for the rest of my life ."
Dad embraces me .
Father and daughter hug .
" You are really looking beautiful ," Dad compliments me as we walk together to the lounge ,"You look like you are dressed to score a big contract with an important client."
I giggle .
"Thanks Dad , but honestly, you are looking dapper . So, tell me , are you going to an important meeting or you are going to score a massive deal with a major client? Which is which?" I ask curiously , with a smile.
Today, Dad looks handsome .
He is wearing his expensive navy blue Christian Dior suit , with a black cotton shirt , no tie , rose cufflinks and his expensive Bolvaint shoes . The durag that he wears everyday to bed really changed the look of his hair . They now create waves, and he neatly trimmed the his hairline giving him a fresh look . Dad always shaves around his mouth and cheeks, making him look like he is in his early twenties .
With his dark, tall and buff physique , any woman would faint or even melt just by looking at him.
He also has his expensive EU de cologne spray on today .
Dad looks like he is going to a red carpet function or awards giving ceremony.
Dad laughs ," My girl, as a person , you just gotta dress to impress . You are not doing it for anybody but yourself . You gotta look good to feel good to do good. That's how you are going to have a feel good day ."
I look at Dad with a surprise look as we join Grandma and Sapphire in the lounge .
"Someone is looking very happy this morning ," I say to Grandma, secretly tell her to look at Dad .
The table is laid out with a cereal , toast , scrambled eggs , avocados , bacon cheese and polony with a jug of juice and a kettle of hot water with sugar and coffee and tea containers and a milk jug .
I decide to make an eggs and avo sandwich.
Grandma is feeding Sapphire porridge whilst Dad is drinking his coffee while reading the daily news on his tablet .
"What's making you have such a big smile Jamal?"Grandma asks Dad , waiting for Sapphire to finish swallowing her porridge in her mouth so that she can feed her another spoon .
Dad replies , as he puts toasted bread and bacon with scrambled eggs on his plate ,"Mama , how can a man not be happy when the joy of his eyes is doing her final year of school this year ? Mama , look at how gorgeous she looks , just for her first day of school. How can I not be happy , when God gave me the best Mom that anyone can ever ask for?"
Grandma and I look at each other listen to Dad's touching response .
Dad continues ," A mother who has been by my side , through failure and success , through good or bad and through sorrow and joy and has supported me through everything in life ? How can I not be happy when I have the most cutest granddaughter ever , who looks just like her mom and grandmom , who just makes me smile whenever I see her beautiful face ?"
Dad stands up , with tears flowing down his face , opening his arms wide to us ,"In fact , come and give me a hug."
Grandma carries Sapphire as we all rush to give Dad a hug .
"I'm happy to have a family like this ," Dad says , sobbing .
Grandma and I also start crying.
Sapphire wipes my tears .
"Mommy , no cry ,"Sapphire says , looking like she wants to cry .
Dad carries her .
"Your Mom is crying because she is happy Saphy , okay ?"
She nods her head .
I give her a kiss on her cheek and Dad hugs her tightly.
Dad says ,"We are all going to drop you to school together . I am the boss and I wouldn't mind being late for work just to drop off my pride and joy on her first day at a new school ."
I look at Dad with a surprise look.
He replies ,"Anything for you Jew ."
"Let me and Princess here go and get ready , while the two of you finish your breakfast ."
Grandma takes Sapphire from Dad's arm.
Dad and I seat down to finish our breakfast while Grandma walks out with Sapphire in here arms .
Today has began in a good way . I hope the rest of the day will be better.
We are all sitting in Dad's black Porche Cayenne .
Dad's driving , Grandma is sitting on the passenger seat busy with her phone while I am seating at the back with Sapphire , who is seating in her baby seat .
" Sapphire ,"I say to my princess.
Sapphire looks at me with a big smile, brightening up her face .
I reply ,"I love you ."
"Love you too !" She exclaims happily, with eyes glistening .
"Should Mommy give you Huggy Huggy ?"
She nods her head with joy .
I hug her tightly , while she hugs me back .
I kiss her on her cheek.
"Jew , " Dad calls me, looking at me through the rearview mirror.
I reply ," Yes Dad ?"
"I'll pick you up from school today, okay?"
Grandma adds ," I will have to go the company later today , so I'll wait for you to come back from school so that you will be with Sapphire, okay?"
I reply to the both of them ,"Yes Dad and okay Grandma."
I face Sapphire with a big smile.
"Looks like we are going to be home alone today!"
Sapphire giggles and claps her tiny hands .
"Home 'lone Mommy!" She says , still giggling.
I laugh along with her giggles.
"We are almost there !" Dad says .
My heart pains .
I'm going to spend seven hours of everyday without Sapphire. I don't even know how she will cope without me.
I am so nervous right now.
I am not even sure whether I'll blend in with everyone else.
Oh my gosh! I am truly scared .
" We are here !"
I look out of the car windscreen .
Dad is right .
We have arrived at Crystal High School.
Other students , with identical uniforms as mine are entering the school premises.
I sigh heavily.
Grandma turns around in her seat and looka at me with concern.
"Are you ready sweety?"
"Yes Grandma,"I lie .
She asks ,"Are you sure ?"
I shake my head .
"I am nervous . I can't leave Sapphire. I won't cope without her !" I say, in tears .
Dad gets out of the car.
He opens the car door by my side .
He pulls me out and I get out of the car.
I start crying heavily.
" Don't cry my angel . I understand how you feel . Just be strong for you and Sapphire,okay . I know you are scared but you have to do this for you and Sapphire . You have to build a great future for the both of you ,"Dad says , hugging me .
There isn't alot of kids outside the school premises since it's still early.
Dad wipes my tears.
"You can do this , okay ?" He says with a smile.
I nod .
He placed his hands on my shoulders.
" Okay, let's take deep breaths."
We inhale and exhale together .
We do it three times.
"There's my gemstone. Smile for daddy!" Dad jokes .
I laugh .
Dad always has a way to make me happy.
I enter inside the car and find Sapphire sad .
I take her out of her baby car seat and carry her out .
Sapphire wraps her little arms around my neck and holds me tightly.
Dad and Grandma give me curious looks .
"What ! Don't forget that I am a mom. I might look gorgeous in my uniform but that doesn't stop me from knowing that I am still a mother . Right now , I am going to explain to my daughter that I won't be spending as much time with her like I used to."I explain to them.
Dad and Grandma ( still seating in the car) shrug at the same time , with smiles on their faces .
Like mother like son .
Dad and Grandma behave almost the same way . No wonder they are close.
" Anyway , between you Dad and Grandma , one of y'all should escort me to the school gate so that you can come back to the car with Sapphire. "
Dad says , walking ahead of Sapphire and I , " I'll do the honours."
Grandma and I just laugh .
Sapphire just looks at her grandad with her big sapphire blue eyes.
" What about you Grandma?"I ask.
She replies," Father and daughter moment."
I smile at her and she blows me a kiss.
Dad waits for me as I walk slowly,with Sapphire in my arms .
She is really heavy.
" Sapphire," I say to her .
She looks at me .
" Sweetie , I want you to be a good girl for mommy, okay?"
She nods .
I continue," I'm going to school and I will only be back at lunch time my angel. So will you promise to be a good girl?"
She nods .
" Pinky promise,' I say to her , sticking my pinky finger out . She takes her finger and wraps it over mine .
That's the traditional way of keeping a promise.
" Mommy ,'' she says , sweetly .
I look at her and she looks sad .
" Yes my angel."
She says ," Come soon ."
Sapphire is a smart baby . She learns very fast and will soon know how to speak full sentences.
" I will my baby ."
We are standing at the school gate .
I hug her tight and she hugs me back.
I kiss her on her lips .
" I love you sweety !" I say to her .
" Love you too !" She replies.
I give her to Dad .
Dad says ," She will be okay, don't worry."
I nod .
" Okay , I hope so. Have a great day Dad."
He responds ," You too my angel. Have a splendid day at school."
Dad walks away with Sapphire who waves goodbye to me.
I wave back at her .
Dad puts Sapphire at the back .
He enters in the driver's seat and drives towards me.
He and Grandma wave goodbye and Sapphire is seating at the back looking so sad .
I watch the car drive off .
I miss my angel already , but I am doing this for her .
I sigh loudly,"Hello Crystal High School!"
" And Crystal High welcomes you!"