He was walking inthe Nairobi city streets and that was when he saw her, he saw Nduta.

<p ><b>"Six I think. Wow! I see your wedding ring, you got married? How have you been?" asked Nduta.</b></p><p ><b>"I am well, thank you. Yes, I am married, with two kids. Hey, are you busy right now? Can we do coffee and catch up?" he asked.</b></p>

"Nduta!"he called out her name.

"Oh mygoodness, Omondi! How are you doing? So good to see you" said Nduta,hugging him.

"It has been solong, how many years since I saw you? Five years?" he asked.

"Six I think.Wow! I see your wedding ring, you got married? How have you been?" askedNduta.

"I am well,thank you. Yes, I am married, with two kids. Hey, are you busy right now? Canwe do coffee and catch up?" he asked.

"Sure, I own asmall restaurant in town. We can go there, it's right this way" saidNduta, leading the way.

"You own arestaurant?" Asked a surprise Omondi.

Nduta laughedsaying, "Oh yes, the restaurant will be two years old come November. Justa small business I put up."

Omondi looked at herwith wonder.

They entered therestaurant, all the workers smiling and saying hello to Nduta.

"There isnothing small about this restaurant, it is beautiful! My wife and I have comehere before; I didn't know you own it" he said as they sat.

"I'll have thecoffee special please, and kindly bring for my friend the same" saidNduta.

"You have totaste our coffee special, it is delicious" Nduta said as she placed hercar keys and bag on the table.

"Is that howyou speak to your employees? With that courteousy?" he asked.

"Aah...Yes" said Nduta with a smile. Her phone rang, she picked it up... The coffeespecial was brought.

"Hello...Yes... No. No I am sorry I will not be able to take that offer, I am focusingon a different plan. Thank you for the suggestion though," she spoke overthe phone.

Omondi looked onsmiling.

"So, where werewe?" Nduta continued.

They spoke for abouttwo hours, laughing, debating, sharing life experiences.

Omondi's wife calledhim on the phone.

"Hello Honey,oh yes. I will buy them on my way home... OK.. Love you" Spoke Omondi tothe phone.

"Nduta, I needto go, but I must say you are not the Nduta I knew. You have reallychanged" said Omondi.

"Changed? How?For the good?" asked Nduta.

"For the best.I am blown away by your maturity. Look at you, a single woman doing well forherself, with your own businesses that you have built with your own sweat andeffort... The Nduta I used to know, was so dependent on getting money from men,she used to scout for rich men and that landed her into the arms of men whoused her. Look at you, a boss who speaks with her employees with care and respect...The Nduta I used to know was so bitter, vulgar and spiteful. Look at you,having your own vision and brave enough to say no to suggestions... The Nduta Iknew was easily swayed... Everything about you has changed for the best, yourconversations, your temperament, your thoughts, what excites you... you areglowing, you are so pleasant, this is the best conversation I have ever hadwith you" said Omondi.

Nduta smiled, almosttearing up "You don't know how much that means to me to hear you say that,only someone who knew where I am from can appreciate the woman I now am. I haveworked so hard on myself to be the woman I am today, but I need to thank youfor sparking this change."

"Me?"asked a surprise Omondi.

"Yes! You mademe evaluate my life after you rejected me. Remember how I was so into you, Iwanted you so bad but you turned me down. I still recall what you told me, thatyou like me but can't be with me because I am a damaged woman and need to workon myself. You told me to stop looking for a man to hide behind and fix myself.You told me before I become Wife material I need to be Queen material... Ihated you for that. Then I thought about it and I realized that though you werenot the one for me, you were the man who I needed to speak harsh truths to meto wake me up. You did not give me the relationship I wanted because I had towork on my relationship with self. Thank you Omondi."

Omondi smiled"I didn't know rejection can bring a whole lot of good!"

They both laughed.

"I am now in agrown state" said Nduta.

"Queenmaterial" said Omondi.

"Queenmaterial! And the King who I will give myself to has to be worthy of the Queenthat I have grown into," said Nduta.

"He will beblessed to have you. Gotta go before I get late," said Omondi reaching tohis wallet to pay.

"Don't pay,it's on me. I can never pay you back for the impact you've had in my life,"said Nduta.

Omondi stared at herand said "I am proud of you Queen Nduta," then he left.

Nduta looked at herrestaurant and smiled.

When a woman reachesthe "grown" state.

© Dayan Masinde

In my book,WOMANHOOD SERIES, I tell women not to silence their voice in the name ofsociety, marriage or false acceptance. I address the issues women go through.

In my other book,MANHOOD SERIES, I challenge men to be their own man, to curve their own pathand pursue their vision. I address the man and his relationship to his woman,children, fellow men, himself and his God.

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To purchase the WOMANHOOD SERIES written by Dayan Masinde, MPESA Ksh. 200 to0721590954, then text the word WOMAN and your email address to the same numberand the book will be sent to your email address for you to download and read onyour phone or computer.