Delayed Elation

'You are leaving my son's house next 2 weeks, I can't believe it took me 6 years, 6 good years to realize my son married his fellow man. I will bring a wife, an actual woman for my son if you don't get pregnant in 2 weeks, and I will personally see to it that your bride price is returned'. That was my mother-in-law with was has become an every day confrontation between me and her since she came to spend the weekend with us.

I wouldn't blame her, I have been married for 6 years to Chike, and there is nothing to show for it, no single child of my own, and nobody feels the pain more than I do . What Chike's mother doesnt know is how much I and Chike had done to find solution to the problem, all the doctors we visited said nothing is wrong with both of us, all the prayer houses we went to, with some even prescribing as much as 1 month fasting and prayer, had been to no avail and it seems like the more we try to find solution, the more nothing could be done.

This issue coupled with my mother-in-law's intruision created a very dark hole in my life that I took to heavy depression, it affected not just my marriage, but also my work, on countless occasions, I was asked to go home and rest because I was not cordinating at all at the office. My loving husband Chike was always there to show me love and concern yet I pushed him away rather than draw him close, we became nothing short of related strangers.

Luck smiled upon me when two days to the last day my mother-in-law gave me, I had a serious sickness that made me faint, I was rushed to the hospital. I woke up in the middle of the doctor's discussion with my husband. 'your wife is lucky' he said, 'she is 3 weeks pregnant, and she became sick because she stopped feeding well and taking care of herself like she is supposed to, she would have lost the babies. All she needs now is rest and good food'. Wait, he said babies? So I am going to be called mama ejima(mother of twins) soon, I wanted to scream so bad but I couldn't because I was too weak to even whisper. So all the silly morning sicknesses had been signs of pregnancy? My husband came into the room and saw me crying, he came to console me, and said to me, 'darling, don't cry, everything is fine now, we are having a twin'. He didn't know my tears were tears of joy.

I will personally have to call my mother-in-law to inform her, because if she had not pushed me into depression, I would not have know I am pregnant. I guess in the end, it was a blessing in disguise.


Ifechukwu Ifee Uwaks.

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