-The Key Palaver

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Mum was angry, she was also sad. She was angry at dad and somehow at herself. Where was all the love she used to share with dad? What made her allow her children to outgrow her? How had she allowed her family to come to such ruin?She felt bad. She had, for a long time, been unhappy at the way dad had always treated her and she had allowed it to affect her relationship with her children. Now Ada was pregnant and John was indulging in undesirable behaviors at a very young age.

She had, in her selfish desire for love from dad, allowed them to wonder off on their own like sheep without a Sheppard. How many months pregnant was Ada? Her kids were too young to indulge in sex and she was scared that they could easily contact HIV virus because of their young inexperienced mind. This wasn’t the type of home she had intended keeping when she was getting married to dad.

And dad was not making all these easy for her. She wasn’t sure she could continue to handle him if he continued like this. To her, dad had completely changed from the man she married. He used to be a loving husband who cherished and showed her love. He was soft but hardworking. She had seen in him a go-getter and had known that he would never allow her lack anything. But such neglect in recent time was not what she bargained for.

It all started when he started aspiring to be the manager of Dew Luck Nigeria Limited. The news of his promotion had been followed by a joyful celebration, but little had she known that that was a curse that was about to befall on her and her kids.

But what was she going to do now? She was thinking. Was she going to continue avoiding her responsibilities? How long was she going to wait for dad to change? But was she being fair to dad? Wasn’t the man working hard enough? Hadn’t she also been selfish?

Well, she must do something about her kids, she resolved. If dad thinks he has no extra role to play apart from financing the home, than that was his business. She was going to concentrate all her energy on her kids from now on.


I was getting hungry again. But there was a more serious matter at hand. How do I reveal the fact that I was with the exit door key? I was angry with myself for unconsciously putting myself in the middle of the whole day’s crisis.

Yet I didn’t know when sleep over took my consciousness and I found myself in dreamland.

12.52pmI really needed to eat something. I decided to go back to the kitchen and see if the was anything I could lay my hands on to eat. I was just about to enter the kitchen when I heard mum’s bedroom door open. I prayed within me that it shouldn’t be dad.

My prayer was answered. It was mum.

I didn’t like the look on her face. She must have been crying or something because her eyes were swollen and her face was somewhat red.

I hesitated as our eyes locked. Something stirred in me and I decided to say something. Well, the house situation was so tense that I really wanted to know what will become of the family from now on, especially considering the fact that it was all my fault.

“Mum, is dad really going to send Sister Ada and John parking?”

“I really don’t know, but I pray he changes his mind.” She answered

“Well, if he does, are you going to allow him?”

There was a sudden surprised look on her face, “It depends… I…”

“Can I tell you something mum?”

“I hope you don’t have your own surprise for us again?” she asked, obviously relieved that I didn’t allow her reply my last question.

“No mum, but that seem to be the only way one gets attention in this house, don’t you think?”

“What do you mean by that?” she curiously asked.

“Nobody notices me in this house, it’s like I don’t even exist. I feel very lonely and unhappy every time I am home,”

She was touched because I noticed a facial expression of concern on her face, “that’s not true, you are…”

“That’s true mum and you know it, but you don’t do anything about it. I somehow think that you feel lonely too, likewise Sister Ada and John. The only reason why I am talking to you now is because of the situation at home.”

“You might be right kid, but that is no reason for you sibling to behave irresponsible.”Mum replied defensively.

“I really might not understand a lot of thing, but you are the adult here, this home is an unhappy one and nothing can go right in such an unhappy state.” I replied and worriedly walked back to my room. I suddenly didn’t feel like eating again. I didn’t believe that I said those words to mum and she had listened without scolding me.

She allowed me walk away without saying a word.

Honestly, it felt good talking to mum only that I couldn’t tell her about the key.


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