The day started on a very poor note
Perhaps it was because he slept on the anger of the previous day
He got home that day and met a note on the table informing him that his wife had left for her parent's house for the sixth time in seven days because her father was mildly ill
It had become the norm since they got married
He initially felt it was cool to be married to a lady with such a strong family bond
As time went on he realized a strong family bond tend to skew people's thinking in a certain way...
The outsider was always the enemy, the gaijin
Whenever they had an issue, his parents in law will take their daughter's side
When they had their first child, their daughter refused to take immunization for the baby because she couldn't bear anybody poking her daughter with an injection
It was a silly reason and he objected
Her parents stood by her decision
Her father walked out of his flat because he dared raise his voice in defense of his one-day-old daughter who could get infected & die because of the foolishness of his wife
It was foolishness on display
And to think that his wife's parents were
educated and actually immunized their own children?
Emotion can sometimes make a fool of the wise
His crime was insisting the immunization had to be done despite his wife's protestations which were based on an irrational mindset
The immunization would actually help the baby rathe
-r than harm her
He lost the argument and he was miffed
He could barely sleep all night
He kept paying attention to the breathing of the baby, hoping she wouldn't just die from all the germs she might have been exposed to
By 5 AM he couldn't bear it anymore, the baby woke up
crying for food
His wife got up from the bed and started breastfeeding the baby
He got up from the bed, hissed, and said "You're actually breastfeeding that baby. Dont you know you're infecting her with your foolishness! Wow"
He didn't think before speaking
He really shouldn't
have said such, but he did
He dressed up and left for the office, by the time he got home in the evening, his wife was gone
She packed everything
He walked into an empty flat
His neighbors told him his parents in law came with some people & packed everything
He called his mother
His mother told him to calm down
His initial reaction was to report the incident at a police station and get everybody arrested
His mother heard him screaming on the phone and knew he was coming loose at the seams
His mother prevailed upon him to be calm
Somehow wisdom prevailed
He left his flat for a hotel
The next morning, he tried calling his wife
He found out his phone number had been barred and his social media accounts also blocked
He called his brother-in-law, it rang out
He waited for an hour and called his father-in-law
His father-in-law picked
his call and told him he had to keep away from the family for some time as he was too toxic for the mental health of their daughter
That was the verdict
He called his mother and siblings one after the other to share what had happened
Everybody told him to calm down
He listened
He lived the next few months as if his head was in a fog
He went to work daily and returned to a sparsely furnished apartment
He missed his wife and child but try as he did, he had been shut out of their lives
He visited his wife's parents and begged them
They told him to make
peace with his wife as they cannot tell him her whereabouts
He tried her friends
Nobody gave him any information
The only consolation he got was from one of his wife's cousins who shared with him some pictures of his wife and child from time to time
He was angry at first but as
months rolled by, he settled for just having his family back and being grateful
His wife left in October 2015
In June 2017, he got a message at the office
It was from his wife
He was asked to rush down to a hospital on Lagos Island for a blood test
Their child was sick and might
need blood transfusion
He got to the hospital
The doctor told him the child was rushed to the hospital late and the symptoms point to polio
He was shocked
The doctor said the child had been sick for some time but was not brought to the hospital on time
He said it would have been
easier to treat the disease earlier before things got out of hand
The doctor asked his wife for the immunization card
His wife was just looking like a mouse in the mouth of a cat
Dumb-Yes- That was the word
She looked like she had a pile of rubbish all over her face
The doctors
tried their best
The baby didn't make it
He didn't say a word to anybody
Not to her or her parents (He met her father and mother at the reception of the hospital as he was leaving)
He didn't even greet them
He just needed his space and his sanity
He wasn't given the chance to
have any emotional connection with the child
He saw his child for just one day before she was whisked away by his mother
He didn't even bother seeing her after she was pronounced dead
He really had no business burying a body he didn't kill
He was just angry
Angry is a silent kind
of way but he knew he was going to be alright
He took some time off work that day, sat at home and watched some of his favorite movies
Patriot Games, Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, The Shawshank Redemption
He cried a little
Remembering how he met his wife at a conference
how he got suckered by her fluent English and carriage
He regretted the day he met her
He came from a broken home and he had sworn he would do everything in his power not to have a broken home
He had been through so much but he was determined to keep his family at all cost
death of his daughter was a huge blow
Three days after, his father in law called him for a meeting
He said "Yes sir" but he was not in the mood
So when Saturday came, he drove to the sports field to play some football and spent the rest of the day attending to some office work
He never failed to call his father-in-law once every week for the two years his wife was away from home
He called to get updates and to send some money for the upkeep of his child
Not once did his father-in-law called to say "Let's settle this misunderstanding" or "How are you?"
They had the leverage at the time
He got home that evening and met his wife sitting by his entrance
It was the last thing he could ever hope to see with his two eyes
She actually sat and waited for him hoping he would come home
When he got to the door, she greeted him
smiled, opened the door, walked in and locked the door
He didn't do it in a hurry
He simply didn't acknowledge her presence
The next morning, at about 9am during the church service
His wife and parents arrived at the church he was attending
He saw them walk in because he was an
After service, they went in to see the pastor
The pastor called him into the office after about an hour
As soon as he walked in his wife went on her knees and started crying
Her parents apologized
The pastor told him to let bygones be gone
"Lift your wife off her knees and
hug her"said the Pastor
They all saw him as such a simpleton
Someone they could just order to do things the way they desire, like a zombie
That was the thought that came to his mind
He hadn't even given the future some thought or considered his position regarding the marriage but
what he saw in the pastor's office was such a put-off
It made him feel disregarded and disrespected
Like they had all assumed that he would just do as they desire because he had no backbone
He didn't say a word
He turned around and left the pastor's office
WHen he got home he
packed all his clothes into his car
He moved to a hotel on Lagos Island
It was located about seven minutes walk away from his office
His wife called several times
His father-in-law also called
The pastor too called several times
He blocked them all
He just wanted to be alone
just wanted to be free
After three months, his wife sent him a message
"Give me a divorce and set me free if you really don't want me anymore"
He didn't even reply to the message
What would be the point of taking the bait
She was dead to him
In October 2019, he met the brother
in Jeans and T-shirt
They got talking on WhatsApp
He told his story
He wanted to know how to proceed with remarrying and moving on with his life
He also wanted to know how to walk with the Holy Spirit effectively
The conversation led to a fellowship and a baptism of the Holy
Two months later, he relocated to the USA
In January 2020, he met a Nigerian single mother at a mall in Chicago
They got talking
She had a four-year-old daughter with her ex-husband
She and her ex were into voodoo
She became a believer
Her ex left her
He really loved her
They got married three months later
The marriage was witnessed by a few friends
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt blessed the marriage over zoom mobile call
The family was established in righteousness
In February 2021, they were blessed with Jason, their son
He also got a very
good job with a technological firm with a shocking salary that was a huge testimony on its own
He acknowledged that the Holy Spirit led him into his new reality and it had all been joy and gladness

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