By Robert K James
An unknown author once said that â€œlove comes to those who still hope although they have been disappointed.â€ Although Josephine Kyomuhendo may have been disappointed in the past, she was willing to love again, at least to a certain extent, when she met Robert. She revealed to Mikolo that a dream of meeting her pastor, Wilson Bugembe of The Worship House, Nansana led her to the man of her dreams and soon to be life partner.
â€œFor long I had wanted to meet Pr. Wilson Bugembe. So one day I was coming from The Worship House when I met him in the Church parking lot and we talked,â€ Josephine narrates.
â€œI told him of my longtime desire to meet him. So as we talked, he said I can always meet him and we talk, and thatâ€™s when he called Robert, his personal assistantâ€”and that was the first time we met.â€
Josephine, however, says that they â€œdidnâ€™t talk at all and its funny I forgot his name there and then.â€ She later started to work as a manager at the Church Canteen where Robert and other church staff had their lunch â€œso I used to serve them. Little did I know that Robert had fallen in love with me, and above all, he too had forgotten my name,â€ she recounts.
Like a man with an agenda, Robert embarked on a clandestine operation during which he visited the canteen every day to find out his heart captivatorâ€™s name. He would later learn from one of her friends that the girl who made his heart tremble is called Josephine.
â€œI remember I would just see him come and sit at the restaurant just to watch me but I didnâ€™t care since I wasnâ€™t interested in dating again.â€ Robert didnâ€™t just relearn what her name was, he proceeded that with bringing Josephine sweets and fruits that she loved, under the informative guidance of her friends. â€œAll I would see were these gifts from someone I rarely talk to,â€ she said.
â€œSo one day he asked me out and we went for dinner. After eating, he said he had a question for meâ€ which Josephine gave a green-light to be possed.
“Are you dating someone?” Robert asked before she expressed her curiosity as to why he wanted to know. “Just answer,” he said. “I told him I wasnâ€™t dating anyone, not interested in dating and above all, I donâ€™t want anyone in my life.” SoundsÂ a bit politely rude, right!!!!! But his response was a resounding â€œI LOVE YOU JOSEPHINE,â€ to which she responded with demoralizing â€œHmmmmâ€. There was an awkward moment of silence in between there before they resumed to talk and later departed.
Like Jim Watkins once said, â€œa river cuts through a rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistenceâ€. Likewise, Robert didnâ€™t let the rock â€œhmmmmâ€ get the better of him. He persisted, confessing his love to her even when she gave him no promising response.
Josephine reminiscences that â€œit took me more than four months for me to start saying I love you too. I remember the day I said it, he made me say it ten times.â€ Even I would, just to be sure.
â€œSo thatâ€™s how I got to meet the guy of my dreams. For long I had prayed to God to bring me someone who loves Him (God) more than he loves me and someone who loves me more than I love him. And thatâ€™s my Robert. He loves God so much and he loves me more than I love him. So, all in all, God answered my prayers with Robert.â€
And as love and luck would have it, the youthful couple held their kukyala (first visit) on Saturday 30th March 2019 at Josephineâ€™s parentâ€™s home in Nansana.
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