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Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)
By Funmi Betty
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Animals! That was both of your middle names. It was so unfortunate to have met you. Your vile practice of maltreatment conceived a child in me and the product was hatred – strong and powerful hatred of a high degree for you two. Aunt, I’m very sure sweet Grandma never knew she was carrying such a wicked child in her womb; else, she would have flushed you out of her system before you were born.
Due to the fact that I was orphaned in the war, you had a claim over me. You said it was a claim of parenthood. You promised heaven and earth, sun and moon. I believed you but blatant liars you were, you had selfish motives instead.
The motive of turning me into your slave, the motive of making me an illiterate. Were my parents so bad to you that you had to visit their sins on my head?
I remember those nights I slept in the kitchen and how I hawked terribly for your feeding. Work! Work!! Work!!! That was the only language you understood. I ate your leftovers as meals, if there were any, and if there were none, that was my ill luck. I learnt through hardship and many times I wish I were dead. No wonder, you never had a child of your own. God knew you were the worst replica of parenthood, the seed of bitterness, the wrong option of parents, the bad news of an innocent child….
Anyway, I’m glad you did all you did, because I wouldn’t have been a writer today. I was writing the daily bread of bitterness and hardship when I was with you. And now, I’m a lover of pen – a pen missionary!
Thanks to you for I learnt the hard way. I am now a changed person. Things turned around (for good), the cold night I ran away from your house. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. In case, you haven’t heard, I am now a graduate of economics.
Nevertheless, I love you a little – just a little!
Your handbag and one-time slave,
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