Wednesday, September 2, 2009


By: Bismarck Nii Ogbamey Tetteh
I took my girlfriend to my grandfather’s house on Valentine’s Day four years ago. I wanted to surprise her so much that I had everything plan out well.
The House had been empty since my grandparents died but I made sure that the house was always in good shape. I loved music a lot as a boy as a result, my grandfather thought me to play the piano. On his sick bed he kept telling me “Alex, I want you to take good care of yourself and my grand piano when am gone. Make sure you keep it clean and practice always.”
Esi, my girlfriend loved Kwabena Kwabena’s songs so much that she would stop whatever she was doing to listen anytime his songs were being played. I wanted to propose to her that night so a week before, I got on of Kwabena Kwabena’s albums and started listening and learned how to play them on the piano.
That night when we got to my grandfather’s house, we had a candle light dinner and then watched my favorite movie ‘I walk to remember’. Esi then decide to do the dishes and went to the kitchen. “This is a perfect time for the surprise.” I told myself and walk to the grand piano. I placed the lyrics of the song I was about play on the piano and starting playing the prelude.
Esi upon hearing the song dashed into the study where I was, the look in her eyes was so romantic when I started singing. In the middle of the song, I stopped and asked her to marry me. To my surprise tears started to run down her cheeks, she hugged me and answered “ Yes”.
On our way to a boutique two years after, to select her wedding gown, we had an accident. I woke up two days later in a hospital. The doctor came in to see how I was doing and asked for my name. “My name, I don’t remember anything” I answered. The doctor explained that I was involved in an accident and as a result hit my head hard on the ground. He told me I was suffering from amnesia and hopes I will recover.
The doctor later introduced me to some people as my parents and asked me to go home with them. My parents told me all they could on our way home and mentioned the wedding, I felt like a formatted hard drive.
A few days later my wife to be was introduced to me, she was beautiful. I asked her not to worry because everything will go on as planned. We got married but at my wedding reception something strange happened. I requested for a live band and when the band started playing, I had a strange feeling to go play the piano. I asked the band to stop playing and when they did I walked to the pianist and told him I wanted to play something to for my wife.
After touching the keys, it came to me; I remembered sitting behind a piano hence I started playing, my wife after so time came sobbing. She told me the song I was playing was the one I play the night I proposed to her. “The Kwabena Kwabena tune I loved so much. Do you remember anything dear?” she asked and to her disappointment, I told her no.
We have been married for the past twelve years, we have two kids and my piano skills are back but I still don’t remember anything about my life before the accident.
“Will I ever remember” a question I keep asking myself.

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