My parents gave my hand out in marriage to settle a debt.
Yeah, I know it sounds unbelievably crazy (especially in this time and age) but it’s true.
I grew up understanding the basics to life, early, because certain things were more like an anthem in my house.
At a point in my life, I didn’t see myself ever getting married.
The more my mother made it seem as though marriage was “the ultimate goal”, the less interested in it I became.
I’d planned to strive hard to get the best I could out of life, then become a single mother.
I love children, so I knew there was no way I wouldn’t have needed a man to give me one of mine.
Regardless of what my parents would have thought or done, I’d made up my mind and had set out to achieve “this” when I met Israel.
Israel was to change my perception about marriage.
Israel made me see why being married wasn’t such a bad idea after all. Especially if the partner is someone you can’t possibly imagine your life without.
Israel was that person for me.
I could never picture a future, without Israel being the center of it.
Israel and I grew in love, faster than I could have imagined. We were good together. We were the envy of most but just like in your story, Moshood, Israel was not ready to settle at the time.
Israel was just trying to find his footing in life and didn’t even need the distractions that marital pressure brings.
As much as settling down with Israel would have meant killing two birds with one stone (that is finally getting married as my mother had always wanted and not just that, marrying the love of my life), I knew that it wasn’t a realistic expectation, not at that time anyways.
We’d spoken about this a couple of times and every time, Israel and I ended this discussion with mutual understanding.
I was more than willing to wait for Israel because unlike those guys who would seem loyal to a girl when they are broke, only to become someone completely different after they begin to see “real money”, I knew for a fact that Israel was different. I knew for a fact that all Israel needed to begin our marriage plans was just a steady source of income and because we were hopeful, I didn’t have a problem waiting.
My parents (mother most especially) had long been on my neck to bring a man home.
Israel was supposed to be that man.
I was eventually going to bring Israel home (at least for him to meet my parents) but before I got a chance to, father announced that evening, during dinner, that Samson and his parents will be coming over the weekend to officially make their intentions known.
Your guess was as good as mine.
“Sorry! Who is Samson, Sir?” I asked, bemused.
To be continued…
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