“Very nice, Patronda.” Carmandi smiles and nods her approval.
“Thank you Carmandi!” Patronda does a quick clap and reserved dance of joy.
“So while we wait for him to let me know when to retrieve the serving dishes look through the books of poetry and we’ll each pick a poem that reflects something about ourselves to read after we eat.” Patronda turns and walks into the kitchen.
“I don’t really do creative arts stuff, I’m more a create the cover for the poetry book kinda girl not read the poetry out loud in front of others kinda girl.” Elaine says as a small line of sweat forms under her nose.
“It’s just us, Elaine, don’t worry you’ll be fine.” Kendalynn pats her hand. “Just pick a short one.”
“That’s right short, funky and spunky. I’m sure there is one in there just for you.” Carmandi picks up the book from the saucer and begins flipping through the pages.
“Right.” Elaine picks up her book and releases a deep breath.
“So is this H. Marvin guy really popular? I never heard of him.” Carmandi places the book back on the saucer and replaces the silver tray cover.
Kendalynn’s left eye brow raises for a brief moment. “Yes, he has a show on the Cook & Watch channel. He started on Grown Folks tv an urban community station here in Metropolis.”
“Oh, well, good for him.” Carmandi stands up. “I’m going to go freshen up I’ll be right back.”
“How does Carmandi know where the bathroom is? This house looks like it’s almost as big as her main house. I guess that one hit Patronda did was worth wonders back in the day.” Kendalynn smiles as she places the poetry book back on the table.
“They have been hanging out. I heard one of the associate producers talking about it. We should hang out sometimes too.” Elaine smiles.
“Cool with me.” Kendalynn reaches for her purse and pulls out a small bottle of hand sanitizer.
“I think she’s bringing the food out. That fish smells really good.” Elaine said.
“Almost as good as those sweet potatoes, I love his food. I’ve made a few of the dishes from the show for my sweetie.” Kendalynn offers the bottle to Elaine.
“Thank you.” Elaine squirts a little in her hand and hands it back. “I wonder where the kids are.”
“It’s youth bible study night at their church.” Kendalynn places the sanitizer back in her purse.
“One thing I love about the way our ministry is set up is that when we do have kids we’ll have more time with them at home. You know without nannies and stuff, cause we’re always gone. I respect churches like that it’s just not for me.” Elaine said.
The kitchen door opens and Patronda sits a beautiful serving dish full of grilled fish in the middle of the table. She disappears behind the door and reemerges with a smaller version of the first dish filled with sweet potatoes and a third dish filled with vegetables.
“Well ladies H. Marvin is going to stop in for a moment on his way out of the door. Maybe we should ask him to do the blessing?” Patronda looks around the table. “Where’s Carmandi?”
“I’m right here, had to go freshen up. You know me.” Carmandi gives the “girl stop” wave then takes her seat.
A six foot four butterscotch colored basketball built man steps through the same door Patronda entered into the room. He hands her a navy blue apron and nods at the ladies.
‘Have a good evening ladies, hope you enjoy your food. God bless.” H. Marvin bends down and gives Patronda a peck on the cheek. “Alright sis give my big bruh my love. Let me know if you need me again.”
“I will, see you later.” Patronda waves as he exits out of the doorway of the dining room. “Well let’s go ahead and dig in ladies, then enjoy some reflective poetry.”
Elaine and Kendalynn bow their heads for a brief moment. Patronda moves swiftly back into the kitchen. The water runs for a few moments then she comes back into the room and sits in front of her place setting.
Innerview: Kendalynn shuffles and straightens some papers on her desk and clears her throat. A smile eases across her face. The phone rings and the smile drops as she glances at the caller id. She fiddles with something on the side of the phone and smiles again.
“Well I’m excited about the upcoming season and what we can do to offer a more balanced look at the life of women in reality television. I’m not sure that we give a balanced representation because we are all considered upper upper middle or upper income but I believe we do all represent decent women everywhere in our own way. Carmandi and Patronda seem to have gone through an awful lot of trouble but I mean I wonder was it for us, for the camera or for them. Who has celebrity chefs prepare dinner for four people. Friend or not…seemed like a free PR op to me, but it’s all good. Elaine’s dinner was good. I just hope we get to meet the real Carmandi and Patronda sometime during the next few weeks because I just missed the personal touch me and Elaine did for our Eat and Greets. Then again maybe fabulous and elaborate is who they are…whatever happens praise the Lord. This is going to be an interesting next few weeks.”
Serenity Jones here sharing what our viewers on twitter and Facebook friends had to say about the Eats & Greets episode watching the Firstwives meet each other.
Let’s check out some tweets from tonight’s viewers:
@iLoveBooksCon: okay so I’m watching and waiting for what we see on the innerviews to start peeking through at the events. I’m praying for Kendalynn, She’ll need it dealing with this group. LOL
These are posts from Facebookers about the Real Firstwives:
Toney from Metropolis says: This is a reality series I may be able to watch with my children, not that I don’t like other reality wives, entertainment is entertainment but these ladies are bringing something more. I’ll watch again to find out.
Rosalyn from Chicity writes: Ooh weee. I don’t know if this is going to be a guilty pleasure or a godly mess but I’ll be watching next week to see some more. That Kendalynn is serious and Patronda is fierce -you have to be, for a celebrity chef to come cook dinner at a hat’s drop.
Becca from Texas: I can see now, no matter what happens the Realfirstwives are gonna look good doing it. These church women are every day all day, FLY!
“Well this is Serenity Jones, signing off. Be sure to tune in next week as we attend an important advocacy event with champion of the community Kendalynn, then pull up a seat as Elaine teaches the baby boomers to beam up online, Patronda preaches and teaches like there is no tomorrow and Carmandi finalizes the plans to launch her makeover ministry. You wanna be sure you check out what these ladies are “Doing When the Doing’s Good.”