I reluctantly stood up and joined in the prayers.
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The next day was a busy one for me so I felt really happy when I finally got home. After washing down, I poured myself some wine and watched a movie.
Few minutes into the movie, the door screeched and opened. It was Henry. I didn’t feel like it but I gathered the little enthusiasm I had, walked to him, smiled and took his suit case.
“How was your day?” I asked with a smile.
“Good,” he responded as we walked to the bedroom.
“Just good, tell me….what and what happened?” I pressed.
“Please, as you can see I’m very tired, I’m not in the mood for all of this,” He sat on the bed and started removing his tie, “So I beg you, let me have some peace of mind.”
The enthusiasm I had gathered to welcome him started melting away. I placed his suitcase on the table and left quietly. I had tried to start a conversation, at least.
We had been married for two years and there was no sign of a child. Henry didn’t want to go to the hospital. He felt he was fine and that if there was no child, then it was because I was barren.
Once he even went to the extent to ask me if I had committed an abortion before. I kept my sorrows within but I really wanted a place to pour it out. Daily, I went to work full of smiles and energy but only God knew that I was dying on the inside.
Henry had become so bitter about my inability to conceive to the extent that every little mistake I made was such a big deal.
When, I met Henry, however, he wasn’t that way. I remember, we had met at a workshop a friend of mine invited me to. After the meeting, we were asked to socialize. Before I could approach anyone, I heard a voice from behind,
“Hi Lady, how are you?”
“I’m fine, what about you?”
“I’m blessed. Henry Aboagye and you?”
“Nice to meet you.”
“The pleasure is mine.”
That was how it started. We exchanged contacts and developed friendship over the weeks. It was after a year that we started dating.
Henry was a cool guy. He was a Christian who was caring and generous. You hardly find these three packages in one so I was really grateful for such a man as him. So later that year, when he asked that we get married, I had no reason to say no.
Few years down the line, things had gone sour. With everything crumbling, I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. My three friends were far away and my husband who used to be my only friend now didn’t even want to look at my face.
Sudden gunshots from the movie startled me. I chuckled and snapped out of my thoughts. I decided to lie in the sofa for a while, I wanted to go to the bedroom by the time Henry was asleep to avoid arguments…
To be continued…