Cry of a childless woman 3/3

By Drum Digital
02 February 2014

Thuli was numb with shock. She didn’t know how to respond because, as much as warning bells had rung, she wasn’t fully prepared for the reality.

Part of her wanted to rush into the house where her lying, cheating husband had disappeared

with the woman. She wanted to beat her up and scratch out her eyes.

But shock held her immobile. It felt as if time had stopped. Oh why couldn’t she be like other women?

She didn’t know how long she sat in the car crying. She felt tired and drained. All she wanted to do was go home and sleep away her sorrows. Her heart was sore.

She didn’t know how she got home but she found herself there.

She didn’t know how she had managed to stop herself from going into the house and confronting them. How was she going to handle this?

Part of her wished she had gone and made a scene with her cheating husband. But she knew that she wouldn’t have been able to, and in any case the other woman would have enjoyed seeing her in such a state.

Barely an hour after she got home, Thabo walked in looking happy and relaxed.

Of course, he would be happy, thought Thuli. He’s having the best of both worlds.

He rushed to give her a hug, gushing, “My baby, how I’ve missed you!”

Thuli would have almost believed it came from the heart –had she not known otherwise.

She knew it was a cover-up.

How was she going to confront him without evidence?

And how would she explain that she’d followed him? She was so confused. At the same time, she cursed herself for running off like a kid and not confronting her problems. Thabo seemed to sense her mood and went to have a shower.

SHE didn’t sleep at all that night. She thought of every evil way she could take revenge:

I will look for that woman and pluck every hair on her scalp one by one! Such bitter thoughts of revenge made her feel a bit better, and she slept.

The next day she couldn’t even work. It didn’t help that her colleagues seemed restless.

Maybe it was something in her expression that made them snigger behind her back.

Or it might have been the fact that it was a Friday.

Around lunchtime, Thabo came in and said he was taking her out to lunch. Her heart was heavy. For she knew this would probably be their last lunch together.

She had made up her mind to let him go. She was a failure, failing to do even the simplest of tasks. So lost was she in her thoughts that she didn’t even see they had left town.

To her utter disgust and shock, he was taking her to their cottage, where he had been with another woman!

Did he really think so little of her that he would want to take her to the same place he was using as a love nest?

While she was still digesting the fact, they arrived and

Thabo propelled her towards the door, which suddenly opened – and out stepped the woman with whom she had seen Thabo.

Thuli’s anger rose to new heights. Just as she was about to rush forward and smack the woman through the face, she lifted a violin and started playing a beautiful rendition of her favourite song.

As the last note faded into silence, a crowd of family friends and close relatives burst out of the front door, shouting, “Surprise!”

Thabo turned to her and said, “Babe, I know it hasn’t been easy for us. I know that we still have a lot to conquer, but I just wanted to reassure you that I made a vow to you, a vow that I would be with you for better or worse.

“I intend to honour that. And reaffirm that I’m here with you. You’re the whole package to me. Anything more is just an extra blessing because I am already blessed!”

A whirlwind of emotions swirled through Thuli.

She found that she had lost the power of speech. All she could do was cling to her husband and shed tears of joy.

The end!

By CYNTHIA MPOFU

Illustration: MINDI FLEMMING

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