“Do you take this girl to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together in this holy state of matrimony; to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part”.
He cleared his throat as though in doubt then softly said “I do“, it came as a whisper. Was it stage fright or tell tale signs?
“If any one can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.”
“By the powers vested in me under the constitution as your marriage officer I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may now …..”
Fast forward to 5years, the two love birds nolonger see eye to eye. The guy was about to remarry and the wife was said to have relocated to Mozambique. They had 2 sons. The contentious issue was custody. As always.
Divorce is never a way to settle scores and now that he is marrying again, this spells the end to mother’s love for the children. Not that the incoming mother is bad but the moment parents seperate so many blame games come to play.
How does a wife treat a scenario whereby the mother of the kids(ex wife) pays a visit to see her two sons (as enshrined by the law), seeing the 2 former talking and possibly sharing a joke?
How does the husband feel when her ex (former husband) visit the kids. As you grab your newspaper and sit outside trying not to listen or be bothered by the two in the lounge, you hear them sharing jokes and clearly enjoying themselves.
Does love really disappear for and or from someone you share kids with. When the kid falls sick you need to contact the father (in this case Ex hubby) and he comes rushing.
So, they met again at the hospital. After the doctor had explained the condition it was nothing “really” serious. They strolled out of the ward towards the visitors bench. As they sat, nothing to talk about except weather and bar talk
“You gave gained weight, seems things are pretty well your side hey?” was his opening line
For the first time that night she smiled, turned to look him in the eye and responded “you don’t look too bad yourself, though that shirt would have done better with a blue tie”
“Oh really, you are still fashion conscious, I have since stopped being particular of what I wear” he said
“Why isn’t she taking good care of you”, it came as an attack than a question. The two just looked at each other just as the Doctor appeared. They all stood up.
“I have good news”, “and bad news”, said Doctor Ethan, (in an accent), making sure the words sink. His face showed no signs of either news and he seems to enjoy delivering such news. (I’m sure doctors practise this or is it practice )
“Start with the bad news, get on with it Doc, I hardly can’t contain it anymore”;
“Bad news is we going to hospitalise the boy for 2 days”, he paused as though still going on. “Good news is the operation was successful and no complications”
The two former lovebirds turned and hugged each other in celebration, a hug of relief, a hug of comforting each other, a hug that was too close for comfort. They never saw the Doctor walk away and neither did either of them see the husband arrive.
He coughed once, then coughed again twice, a little louder this time, in annoyance, to gain attention with just a hint of melancholy on his face.
The two let go each other, and stared at the current husband.
I’m still wondering who the wife stood next to or even who she sat next to. I really don’t know what happened next.
What I know for sure is the two gentleman are wondering who got the first call amongst them. A conundrum
To be continued..