It was not easy being the son of a pastor
The standard was set to the high heavens
It was as if the purpose of his life was to please his parents
It wasn't as if his parents had the power to force him to follow their will as such
He was just not a rebel by nature
He was a good
His older brother started misbehaving from the age of ten
He would talk back to their mother whenever he was asked to do anything
He would ask questions and if the answers were not satisfactory, he would storm off into his room and slam the door
His parents couldn't really do
anything to control his older brother
He practically rendered them powerless by not caring about anything
If you don't give him food, he will stay hungry until everybody was asleep and then he would sneak out of his room and eat anything he could find in the fridge
If the fridge
was locked, he would raid the store and find something to cook, if the store was locked, he would cut the hose of the gas cooker or urinate all over the kitchen floor to make his displeasure known
His parents got tired of flogging his elder brother
When they flog him, he would
steal their money or destroy something in the house as a form of vengeance
He was very wild
While all the attention was on the oldest brother because he was a wild fire that refused to be tamed
His immediate older sister, the quiet and reserved one suddenly got pregnant out of
nowhere at the age of fifteen
She rarely leaves the house
Had no friend and basically just goes to school, after school lessons, and church
How she knew what sex was not to talk of getting pregnant was a miracle to them all
She was one of those girls that you could put some water
in her mouth, ask her not to swallow it and when you return home in the evening you will find the water intact
Some members of the church were already calling her "Holy Mary"
She kept the pregnancy for nine weeks without being suspected and would have gotten away with it for the
complications that resulted from the abortion
Their mother found her in a pool of blood three days to Christmas and her parents had to rush her to the hospital
That was how the abortion thing came to light
It turned out she was wilder than their older brother
She would leave the
house with a change of clothes and follow her friends to a University campus close to her secondary school where she slept with so many guys
She didn't even have a boyfriend like that
She had a secret phone where arrangements for the meet-up were made and she had been at it since
she was fourteen
Because her school was a government secondary school (Her parents decided to keep her there & make up for the possible lapses by enrolling her in a very good extra mural lesson run by a member of the church)
She was able to skip school at will but she was always
turned up on time for the extra-mural lessons
She was above average as a student and never gave her parents a day's trouble
It was crazy
After her parents accepted the fact that their daughter was not what they assumed she was and cried their eyes out for failing woefully as a
All eyes turned to her
Her older brother was placed in a technical school in Osogbo as soon as he finished secondary school and took an interest in a vocation
Her sister became an outcast of sorts
His parents didn't disown her but they just gave her whatever she wanted and
practically treated her like a ghost
She didn't run wild as many of her parent's friends and relatives feared she would when her parents logged off her completely
She was full of pain, regret, and remorse and tried very hard to earn or rebuild the trust of her parents but they
wouldn't have any of it
They didnt embarrass her or even talk down on her
They just treated her as if she died or perhaps like she was dead to them
Her father never called her by name anymore
He talked to her through their mother
And their mother never looked her in the eye
was practically frozen out.
Like banished while still living under their roof
He was the third child
He was 12 when the issue with her sister happened
When the dust settled down, their father came to his room one night and said
"Your mother's bad genes are evident in this home!
Thank God I got married early
This country had not gotten as bad as it is now and I settled down on time instead of sowing wild oaths
I am 42 and I am still capable of starting my life all over with another woman
Your brother behaves like a mad dog
Your sister turned out to be a
demonic snake
I am not motivated to suffer for this family anymore
There is nothing here for me in future
I can see the handwriting on the wall
So I will tell you this once and for all
The moment you show your cards as your older ones did, I am off
I will pick my suitcase and
find my way to another city
Maybe even leave the country
I will marry another wife and start all over
I would have done it already but your mother used you to beg me
She swore that I have to be fair to you & see how you will turn out
I was warned by my parents that your mother's
relatives do not turn out well
Look at all her siblings, which of them do you see doing well in life?
If I didn't marry her, she would probably be as unproductive as her folks
I will not spend the rest of my life praying when I can start all over
I accept that I bought of a bad
stock, that does not mean i should not be pragmatic and declare bankruptcy
As his father was speaking, his mother stood by the door of his room listening and crying her eyes out
He felt like Atlas
Like he was required to redeem his mother and keep the family together
When his
father was done talking, both he and his mother left
He laid awake all night, thinking of many things
Everything changed after that night
It was as if he became an adult overnight
He was afraid of saying anything wrong or doing anything wrong in the house
He didn't bother keeping
He faced his studies and he did very well academically
He was the ideal child both at home and in the church
Time flew
His older brother found his way out of the country somehow
One day his older brother called him and said "I am in Belgium but I am planning to move to
France for some work
His older sister also migrated to Egypt as a nurse and later found her way to the USA
He graduated as the best student in his class
He studied medicine and he made his parents proud
After his graduation, he got a job in Ivory Coast with a humanitarian/charity
Three months after he left the country, his mother called him to report that his father had made good his promise to leave her for another woman
It was not so unexpected
The marriage had become a charade for several years
He knew his parents stayed together just for
He was twenty-eight when his father left his mother
His father had secretly married another wife and fathered three children with her in secret (Just as he threatened to do years before)
Once he graduated, his father moved in with the woman and her children without
any apology
His father was convinced it was his mother's bad genes that affected his older siblings
There was little he could do
By the time he returned from Ivory Coast later that year, his mother had become seriously ill
One year and eight months after he graduated, his mother
He knew she just gave up on life
His father didn't even attend the funeral
He had totally moved on
It was a puzzle to him, the thing called love and how it easily degenerates into indifference
He was thirty by this time and he had never had a relationship
Not even a tiny wee
bit of infatuation
He didnt want to end up picking from a bad stock
He didn't understand marriage
He didnt want another yoke of responsibility after the one that got off him at 28
He just wanted to be free
One month after returning to Nigeria, he met this babe
at the hospital
was a staff nurse
They talked for a while and she offered to help him do some shopping the following Saturday
She came to his house and somehow they had sex
It was his first time ever to do anything that crazy
He didn't love her and he didn't plan to have anything to do with her
after that day
One month later, she informed him she was pregnant
She said she didn't want it to seem like she wanted to marry him or take anything from him
It was just for his information
He couldn't believe it
That was not what he wanted for his life
That was not his plan for
his future
He reached out to the brother in Jeans and T-shirt on Twitter
What should I do?
They met and talked
They talked for a long time
He came to understand what it means to live a deliberate life and what it means to live a life where things just happen anyhow
It was a life
defining meeting
He gave his life to Christ and began to walk with the Holy Spirit
The Nurse came to him a week later and revealed she was pregnant already and was just looking for an easy target
One day, he walked into the bookshop at his church and met a sister
She was the one
They got married during the lockdown in 2020
She delivered a set of triplets on Thursday, 25th March 2020 at about 4pm, during the 6 hours prayer of the @GswmiFirebrand
There is one who has written our stories even before we came to know him
His name is Jesus
Come to him today

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