“Frankly speaking, I am tired of carrying the weight in this marriage. You are lazy” she shouted at her husband as she came from the shower.
Her husband was still in bed. Cozy.
She was preparing for work.
“What kind of a useless man are you? If I knew you were this lazy I wouldn’t have married you” she shouted at him as she pulled away the duvet from over him.
He jerked up from the bed and pointed his finger at her “Don’t you talk to me with such a tone. I am the head of the family. Show me some respect!”
She sneered then said, “Please! Respect is earned by a man who earns his money. What do you earn? I pay the bills, I pay the rent, I pay the food you eat, I dress you up. You are not man enough”.
He raised his voice, “Then go, go get a man your worth. Go find another husband who is at your level. Forget where I came from. Forget how much you admired my hard work when you met me, forget how I helped you when you applied for the job you now have, forget how I encouraged you and prayed during the interview, how I believed in you when you had no job. Now that I lost my job you mock me and discredit me? That tells alot more about you than it does about me”
She put on her dress.
“Please, I don’t need this. I will get late for work. I’ve got to work, remember? ” She spoke to him with contempt.
He walked out of the bedroom and went to the living room and turned on the TV.
Minutes later she walked to the living room all dressed with their two children.
“Come on kids let’s go. Let’s leave the man of the house as we go work hard” she said.
“Oh, and man of the house, I have left your transport money and money for you to go to the barber plus money for shopping on the bed; use it wisely. Money doesn’t grow on trees you know. Go get a hair cut. Stop embarrassing me with your unkempt look”
The mother and children walked out of the house. She drove them to school on her way to work.
6:15pm. As the wife and two children came back home, they were greeted by up beat music, balloons, food at the table, snacks, and a huge banner hanging down the wall written “Thank you my Queen, we appreciate you”
“Yeah! Wow!” The children cheered as they ran to the house to play with the balloons and eat up on the snacks.
“What’s this?” The wife asked.
“This is me on behalf of our family, thanking you for taking care of our financial needs during this trying time for me” he said.
He hugged her close then ki**ed her.
“Wow, look how handsome you look with your new hairstyle” she told him as he looked at him wearing a smile.
“I do look good, right?” He confidently said.
“Yes you do, my cocky husband” she told him.
They both chuckled.
“Hey love, I’ve been thinking. You’ve done alot and all you need is appreciation for what you do. And I need understanding. I need you to understand me as this is difficult for me. It is tough for a man to not provide financially for his family. It is demoralising and what I need from you is a little more understanding and patience. So from today, I will give you appreciation, and I request you to give me understanding” he told her.
She removed a new shirt from a bag and gave it to her husband, “I bought this for you. A blue shirt, your favourite colour”
“Thank you” he said, receiving the shirt.
She continued talking, “My love, I am sorry for being unappreciative also of you. I am sorry for how I talked down at you. You are an amazing husband and father who just happened to unfortunately lost his job. You were there for me when I was jobless and I should be there for you now. You will get back up. I should cheer you on not tear you down”
“Thank you” he said.
“Today, as I was with my friends, they praised you. They wished they were me. They wished they had a husband like you. One talked about how her wealthy husband beats her up and treats her like a slave. I sat there, listening to other women seeing the good in you that I don’t because I have been focusing on money. Being a husband is more than what you provide in monetary value and I am sorry for mocking you in the morning” she continued.
He ki**ed her lips and said, “I forgive you. My love, I welcome you to challenge me to do better. I know your motive was right but your tone and words were not. Just lovingly stretch me to do better. Remember how when I met you, your faith in me made me work harder. I need you to believe in me. Trust me, I will get back on my feet”
“I trust you” she said.
“Guess what, I sent my business proposal to Adaka Investments. They responded quickly and want to meet me on Tuesday next week. They are interested” he told her.
“Oh my Darling. This is wonderful news. Oh thank you God!” His wife hugged him tightly cheering.
“Mom, mom. What is it? What’s the good news?” Their two children asked.
“Daddy is having a special meeting on Tuesday. He is going to be a rich and successful business man” she told the children.
“Awesome dad!” The children said, one of them hugging the father.
She ki**ed him and whispered, “No matter how Tuesday will go, you will be rich and successful. I believe in you”
He whispered to her, “Thankyou my love. I will be wearing my new blue shirt on Tuesday”