The absent father 3/6

By Drum Digital
20 May 2014

He longed to go and comfort both women but knew very well that his mom would be very cross if she discovered he had been hiding.

He longed to go and comfort both women but knew very well that his mom would be very cross if she discovered he had been hiding and had seen her crying. So, instead, once the coast was clear, he’d run out and pick some wild nasturtiums, bougainvillea, roses, or whatever flowers happened to be in season and take them home to her.

She’d always smile and hug him. Michael was happy knowing he had made her happy.

Granny would ruffle his hair and tell him that one day he’d grow up into a fine gentleman – just like his father and grandfather.

Michael’s dad had never been there for the special moments in his life – his first day at school, for instance, or at the end of each year when, without fail, he had been awarded the best pupil of the year award. Mom had the photographer take a special picture of him that she mailed off to Dad. He had born and everybody, Michael included, fell in love with the new baby.

NOW Michael was 18 years old. He was due to sit his matric exams at the end of the year. He had continued to do well at school and had received many accolades and trophies throughout high school. The whole family was proud of him.

Michael wanted to go to university and study law. More than anything in the world he wanted to become a lawyer. But he was worried that his dad would want him to take over the management of their land. After all, his dad had made a huge sacrifice so they could hold onto it. This worried Michael a great deal. He didn’t want to upset his father but, at the same time, he wanted to pursue his own dreams.

“With your marks you can easily get a bursary to study at a university in Johannesburg!”

Mr Khumalo, his senior teacher, had told him on many occasions.

The sound of his mom moving about in the kitchen brought Michael back to the present and he decided he might as well get Michael had been surprised to see a tear gather in the corner of his eye. For the first time ever he’d realised that his dad missed his family just as much as they missed him.

The only reason he went to the city was so he could send money home.

To be continued...

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