THE PERFECT WOMAN
I stayed in the hospital for two days before I was discharged. Mummy decided for the first time I should go home with her.
My stay with mummy and daddy was beautiful as I was duely taken care of. Mummy gave me everything I needed and I felt love. I stayed with my parents for almost three weeks. Daddy kept on asking about my husband and why he hasn’t come to see me and I told him that Isaiah had travelled for a one month tour outside the country.
My mother inlaw and sister inlaw came to see me in my parents place. They were nice and caring also. My mother inlaw couldn’t believe everything mummy and I told her. She was so pissed. She tried calling my husband but all his phones was switched off. Even my sister inlaw tried severally to reach him but all to no avail.
My mother inlaw begged me to please be patient with her son. I could feel the pains she was feeling. She didnt understand what was happening to her son. And she promised me that everything will be fine and that she won’t stop calling him until he picks up. After spending two days at my parents house they left. When they left I also told my parents that it was time for me to go home.
Mummy wanted me to stay back until Isaiah come looking for me, but I told her I would be fine. For the first time since the marriage I felt mummy was angry. But she didnt argue with me. And so after I packed my bags and told daddy I was going, mummy held me and prayed with me, but she had something to say before I left.
Mummy: Daniella my child, I love that you are a strong woman and you are ready to fight for your marriage. But I have a message for your husband. You must tell your husband that I said he must never raise his hands on you ever again. I said nothing the first time, and then he repeated it and this time you lost a child, my grand child. And if not for the grace of God, you almost lost your life. You must tell Isaiah I said he should never raise his hand on you again. I will not tolerate it anymore.
As mummy was talking, I could feel her anger, something I have never seen in her and I knew she was really at her limit. I was unhappy but at the same time I was glad that at least someone was available to teach Isaiah a small lesson for me. I nodded to all mummy had said, gave her a hug before leaving. I took a cab and left. As I was about getting to my house, I saw sister Sophia leaving. She was clearly leaving my house.
Sophia: Hey Dani, I was just leaving your place. Thank God I saw you.
Me: sister Sophia , oh really? I went to see my parents, am just coming now.
I opened the door and she helped me bring my bags in and she sat down.
Me: sorry about the dusty chairs, I was away for some time.
Sophia: its no problem Dani, where is your husband? He travelled too?
Me: Yes! He isn’t around for now.
Sophia: I came because I’ve not been seeing you in church for some time now. I hope all is well?
Me: yes Sophia, all is well. Thank you for checking on me. Like I said, I’ve been to my parents and I just returned now.
Sophia: I can see that. But we will start seeing you in church from now right?
Me: yeah, I will try.
Sophia: okay that’s good. Another reason I came is because I’ve been hearing some news flying around and so I decided to ask you because I dont want to believe them.
Me: what news?
Sophia: the story has been going around that brother Isaiah your husband has been floricking around with girls. Different girls and that he is currently staying with a member of our church. Sister Marvis to be precised. I also heard that even on your wedding night he was with her and that. ……
Me: erm sister Sophia (I quickly interrupted her) Sophia, those stories are from the pit of hell. My marriage is okay and I have no issues with my husband and wherever those stories are coming from they should learn to shut up and mind their businesses instead of peeping into the lives of others. My husband is not around now if not you would have seen him yourself and confirmed that we are at peace yourself
Sophia: oh praise God, I knew it, I knew they were just mere lies. I said it that brother Isaiah was too decent for that and that sister Marvis cannot do that. She may be a crazy girl but she can not go after a married man. Am happy to confirm that you are happy from you. Because I know I was the one who led you to say yes to him in church that day so I didnt want to feel I’ve led you into a big mess but now that you ve said it am at peace now.
Me: you have nothing to worry about Sophia
Sophia: oh thank God. (She stands) I will leave now so that you will have the time to arrange your stuff. Welcome home.
Me: thanks Sophia ( I hugged her and led her to the door) bye and thanks for your concern.
I watched her leave and I felt hot tears falling from my eyes. My story has begun to spread round the church and soon the town. I will not let my name be the topic of discussion and mockery. God must change things before it gets out of hand. I went back inside the house and started praying and calling on God to do something in my home. .
I went into a three days dry fast praying for my husband to return home to me and God finally answered. On the third day, Isaiah came home. I have become so thin. When I heard a knock on the door, I thought it was one of the neighbours but I was surprised when I opened and I saw Isaiah walk into the house.
His beards were all grown and he was looking so rough, as I was about to smile and welcome him home when i noticed he was not alone. A girl was with him. I looked at her if she was someone I knew but this girl I have never seen her in my whole life. She was practically dressed like a full-time prostitute. I looked at my husband and allowed him come inside. He held her hands and pulled her in.
Me: welcome home Darling!
Isaiah: You wanted me home right? You went and called my mom and everybody in the world that I abandoned you. Well I am home now.
Me: Baby, its not like that, I didnt call mummy, I was admitted in the Hosp…
Isaiah: I dont care, it doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is am home now, are you happy now?
I was silent because I really didnt know if I was happy to see him or not. I stood as I watched him drag a box inside the house, obviously the box belonged to the girl.
Isaiah: why are you standing there staring at me like an image, can’t you see I came home with a guest, instead of you to help me welcome her and bring her things inside the house you are there staring at me. My friend, come here and help me take this things to the room.
Me: Honey who is she please?
Isaiah: (he made to slap me but stopped half way) you are very lucky I’m in a good mood today. And also because I respect my mom so much and I’ve promised her not to beat you. But that does not mean you should provoke me. Now take that bag inside and dont you ask me stupid questions.
I didnt say anything I went and I carried the bag inside the visitors room. The girl was eyeing me up and down and chewing gum anyhow. I had not finished dropping the bags before I heard my husband shouting my name. I quickly rushed to him.
Isaiah: Please get me and my chi chi, some food to eat. She says she is hungry and I am too. I turned and looked at them again and without saying a word I went over to the kitchen and prepared the food and set the dinning. I watched as he held her hand and took her over to the dinning to eat. A bite of the delicious jollof rice and plantain with chicken that I made and she squeezed her face and shouted and then started coughing.
Isaiah: (rushing her a glass of water ) what is it? What is it? Are you okay?
Chi chi: Ah ah shay your wife will not kill me in this house o. See the pepper she put in this food. And it is very salty too.
Isaiah took a bite of the food and from his expression I could tell he liked the food, but because he wanted to please her he responded without thinking.
Isaiah: Daniella what is this? Do you want to kill us.
Me: Am sorry baby please forgive me.
Isaiah: is it that your rotten cry now that i will eat? This food is poison. You were the one crying I come home. I come now you want to poison me. From today I won’t eat your food. Thank God I am not alone in this house. Chi chi please be cooking for me in this house. I dont want to die yet OK?
Chi chi: no problem dear.
Without saying a word I left them and went to the room and I laid down on the bed to rest.
Few minutes later, my husband came into the room with the Chi chi girl.
Isaiah: what are you doing?
Me: (the question was surprising to me) nothing am just resting.
Isaiah: where did you put the bags you brought in?
Me: They are in the visitors room.
Isaiah: are you mad? My friend go and bring them here jhoor.
Me: But baby this is our room na. Will she sleep here with us?
Isaiah: who is us? Come on go and bring the bag here before I land you a dirty slap.
Once again I stood up and went to bring the bags to our room. I dropped the bag then I climbed back on the bed.
Isaiah: what are you doing?
Me: honey am not feeling strong I just want to rest a bit.
Isaiah: my friend pack your things to the visitors room jare.
Me: what? visitors room? This is our room, why should I go to the visitors room, she is the visitor she should go.
Isaiah: you are stupid. This is my house and I decide who and who not to sleep in the visitors room and now I am saying move to the visitors room.
I kept quiet for sometime, but eventually I picked a few of my things and moved out of my matrimonial room to the visitors room. I wanted to call mummy, but then I changed my mind. This is my cross and I will bear it until God decides to save me from it.