The absent father 4/6

By Drum Digital
26 May 2014

Does Michael's mother know what he is going through?

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.

Mom smiled warmly at Michael when he walked into the kitchen. She always looked happier when Dad was home. She was standing at the stove making breakfast for the family. The aroma of boiled oats and fried eggs filled the kitchen. She handed him a mug of hot, sweet tea, just the way he liked it.

“I know what you must be going through with your Dad home now, son,” she said.

What does she mean?

To be continued….

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