“Can I ask you something?” Ruth, my younger sister asked me as I drove us to our mother’s house the next day.
“Yeah sure” I replied her as soft sounds of Alessia Cara’s “out of love” played through the stereo connected to my phone.
Ruth is happily married with two kids, Akinkunmi and Ademide.
Her husband had decided to babyseat them both which is why they weren’t driving with us.
“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way but this has been on my mind for awhile now” she continued
“Do you ever regret not taking that job offer???”
I definitely wasn’t expecting that.
“Has the thought ever crossed your mind??” She continued
I mean I try as much as possible not to think about it.
It’s been five years .
Five years since I declined the offer of being the COO at one of the Helen’s Agencies.
My dream job.
I forfeited it for love.
“Please answer me honestly sis”
“I won’t lie to you Ruth, the thought has crossed my mind a lot of times that I can’t even possibly count……but then in life sacrifices are meant to be made, especially when it comes to love” I explained
I gave her side ways glances as I continued towards Badore, Ajah- Road.
“Are you happy???” She asked
“Marrying Travis is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in life, and I don’t regret it”
Ruth gave me a knowing look.
I was good at avoiding questions.
Yeah, how else do you think I was able to deal with all the men I work with?
I work at the headquarters here in Lagos, which is alot different from the branch at Abuja.
“Are you happy really??” She pushed
Arrrgh!!!!!!I mentally screamed.
I hate it when people read me easily.
“Ok fine,no, I love Travis but I just hate the fact that I can’t bear my own child, do you know how depressing that is?” I asked rhetorically.
She nodded a no.
Of course she had no idea.
She has two kids and her body system is ready to make as many more babies she soo desires.
I’m doing well in life even without taking the job offer.
I don’t like to brag but my salon is really booming over there at Abuja.
I plan to branch here in Lagos.
I earn a reasonable salary.
There’s no regret.
Or so I think.
We arrived at Mom’s house fifteen minutes later.
Dad was also present.
She had invited him too.
Ever since I reconciled with him, our relationship had improved.
I got to realize and understand somethings over the past few years.
I had stopped talking to my dad after his divorce with Mom. Mom had asked for a divorce after he repeatedly cheated on her.
Life happens, yes but I was really pained when he didn’t fight for her.
He had accepted the divorce like it was long overdue.
That was when the exasperation I had for him increased.
All the pent up anger I had since I first discovered he was cheating on mom.
I remember that day like yesterday, I had told him off ,walking away from his life.
It had been after my conversation with Solape five years ago before I had sat down to reason my brilliant yet foolish decision to cut him out of my life.
I wasn’t the one he cheated on. Mom had even forgiven him and moved on.
I got to realize how much I had missed out from having a father in my life and I regret not realizing it earlier.
“Mommy, this efo is to die for” I complimented just as I swallowed the third Bolus of semo mixed with the delicious efo riro.
She loves it whenever we compliment her cooking. Who am I kidding?? She loves it whenever we compliment her in general.
We were sitted at the dining table.
It felt like old times.
“Your mom makes the best dishes” Dad added.
I watched as mom blushed.
“You give me too much credit Moses” she replied him
Sometimes I wonder if there was a chance they would get back together. But as the years pass, they just seem to be comfortable with the platonic relationship they now have.
I guess some people are just better off being friends and nothing more. No matter how special they are to you, no matter the chemistry you might share with them, taking it to the next level is just one boundary that shouldn’t be crossed.
“It’s true mom, you make the best meals” Ruth chipped in before digging into her fish.
“I hope life is treating you both well?” Dad asked facing Ruth and I.
“I thank God”
“Life with me is not that bad”
“And your husbands?”Mom asked ” I still don’t understand why they couldn’t join us for lunch, I mean I might consider Ruth husband’s excuse but Travis…I feel like he is avoiding me”
“No he’s not avoiding you Mommy, why on Earth would he do that?” I asked
“It’s just a feeling” she shrugged her shoulders.
“He would come visit you soon, he had to meet up with a client” I explained
“On a Sunday??” She asked
“Yes Mom , it’s important” I replied.
I just hate it when she’s persistent about my business.
Travis and I have nothing to hide.
“And how are my grandbabies?” Dad asked Ruth, trying to change the subject.
I looked at him with grateful eyes.
He gave me a ‘i got your back look’ which made me smile.
“They are doing well, Ademide said her first words two days ago” Ruth replied with great joy.
I’m really happy for her.
I never really liked her husband, but as I got to know him, he turned out to be amazing.
“Really, what was it???” Mom asked
“Dada” Ruth stated ” you need to have seen how overjoyed my husband was when he heard it”
“I can totally relate” Dad said
“Yeah, yeah, we know the story” I told him with a small laugh
“You should bring her over one of these days so woli can pray for him” mom said
Ruth and I shared a knowing look.
She’s still obsessed with this woli guy.
“Yes mommy” Ruth replied her.
“Speaking of babies…… I still don’t like the idea of someone carrying your baby for you Naomi” mom said with a straight face.
Why wasn’t i surprised???
I had secretly prayed she wouldn’t mention it but then, its my mother we are talking about. She never let things be.
“What’s there not to understand mom?” I was already tired of the conversation.
“This has never happened in our family, everyone carries their Baby by themselves…..I don’t know why you are in a hurry… God’s time is the best”
Ruth gave me sorry look.
Dad just continued with his meal.
“You know the worst part?” She continued “ it’s the fact that you are now even paying someone to carry the baby for you!!!! A total stranger Iwo omo yii!!!”
“Mommy what do you want me to do? What exactly do you want from me???…I have a disorder, I can’t conceive!! how else do you want me to explain this to you?”
“Did you answer me when I asked you and your husband to come over so woli can pray for you?…did you???”
“Woli praying for us or not won’t change anything mommy…….you said I’m paying a total stranger to carry the child, would you have carried the child for me???? Would Ruth, who is already married have carried the child for me??” I faced Ruth
Everyone was silent.
“Would any of my friends have carried the child for me?? Let’s be completely honest Mom, they all have the problems they are dealing with, or do you think this is easy for me??”
“Naomi” Dad called out before reaching for my left hand.
“Daddy, this is hard for me… We’ve spent a lot on this already, and this is just the starting point. The surrogate is just 6 weeks pregnant, the least you all can do is to support me” I stated firmly.
“You know I support your decision Naomi” Dad said.
“Me too” Ruth added
I watched as mom let out a big sigh.
“I just hope you don’t regret this, I hope you aren’t making a mistake” mom voiced out few seconds later.
I love my mom, I know she wants nothing but the best for me.
But sometimes I just wish she would respect the decisions I make in life.
It’s my life after-all.
We finished our meal in silence.
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