…..Mother was always lost in thought,the pains and frustration of making a second marital mistake was killing her.Aunty Stella was really sorry,she never knew uncle Clement would turn out that way,she fell for his smiles and gentility,,,indeed,one can not judge a book by its cover….
As days went by,uncle Clement became worse,he would go to work but his mind would be at home,he could call mom up to 10 times, asking where she was,who she was with or what she was doing.And when she mistakenly misses his call,she would be dead upon his return.Anytime he gets back home,the first thing he ask me,is who came visiting while he was away,who mother talked to,who called her and all of that..I had no choice but to start talking,this didn’t go down well with mom.
One day as he returned as usual and was asking me questions again,home asked him to stop,that she doesn’t like what he’s teaching me.who asked mom to interrupt him.he gave her the beating of her life, claiming mom was talking to him like that because he wasn’t my father.Every single day in that house was hell.i told mom we should leave,she cried and held me,saying she can’t.i didn’t know why she was saying that,but I respected her opinion..
Months on ,mom fell very sick,I and our neighbor took her to the hospital,and soon discovered she was pregnant,she was given some medicine and asked to stay off any thing that would stress her .i was very happy,at last I am expecting a baby brother or a baby sister. mother was really happy too,at least this is going to calm daddy,and make him a better mam,mom had said,and we had hoped.so when he came back,mom told him the good news…
I thought you didn’t want to get pregnant for me that paid your bride price in full, and took shame off your face,it took you five months to become pregnant for me,but a man who didn’t pay a kobo on you,you gave him this bastard (referring to me) as fast as you could….
You will not call my daughter a bastard ,mom shouted.am I the one you are shouting at,a sound slap landed Mama’s face.i ran to where she was and held her.mother cried bitterly that night,and regretted remarrying him.
One morning,about a week after mom had told uncle clement about the baby.he called mother and I,,,he told mother to take me to go live with any relative of ours,since mother was already expecting a child for him,he wants them to be a complete family,hence I should go live else where…
What do you mean by I should take my child else where.didnt you know I had a child before you married me.my child goes no where,mother said in anger,I have told you what I want, and you have untill seven days,to take that thing out of my house.
.i had started to cry,where would I go,I had never slept a night without my mother.who would love and take care of me like she does.mother knew all I was thinking,she held my hands and said,my child,don’t cry,I am still here,you going no where.she said.Mother promise,I said.i promise my child.we had a long hug and mom took me to my room.As she held me trying to make me sleep,I could hear her heart beat,she was worried,there were tears in her voice,her eyes swollen,she was trying to fight back the tears,but some tear drops betrayed her.
The next day,mother called aunty stella,asking her to come over.when aunty stella came.mother told her she was contemplating a divorce,after telling her what uncle clement said.you know I can not live without my daughter, neither can she stay without me.i can’t deal with all these.my life was so fine as a single mother, what’s the essence of being called a Mrs when I am worse that a slave in my supposed home.Noooooooo Sarah, don’t talk time that, aunty stella said to mother,you can’t possibly be thinking of divorce,see I know you love your daughter,but you can’t afford to miss your marriage because of your child,you can take her to your parents place,or her father’s people,I mean you have tried for herrrrrrrr,
hold it Stella,what are you saying,that I should take my child where,have you forgotten my parents and I aren’t that close because I got pregnant,and how can I take my child to her father’s people,a place where I was not loved and welcomed,how can I leave my child in thier care.mother was really mad at aunty stella,calm down Sarah, remember your condition,don’t worry I shall talk to your husband,maybe that would help.she said and left after some time….
Mother was a little relived and optimistic that Aunty Stella talking to uncle Clement would be able to change him positively….