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Topic: Question (05/24/12)
TITLE: A FATHER IN CHARGE
By Millicent Njue
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It did not even occur to them that things could be different. From the way the family income was spent to the schools that the children attended. Little choice was given to where the holidays were spent or where they could go to visit. The children had their friends picked for them too. It had to be people who could fit into the familyís way of doing things.
The children soon grew up and had to go away to college. Dad made the choice for that too. He knew what was best for everyone in the family. They did not have much of a hand in it. Soon the eldest girl was all set to start a family of her own. And told dad about it. He took it upon himself to find her a suitor. One he thought was good enough for her. Never mind that she knew little of him. Or that she had met him only once.
With the wedding coming up dad was involved with much of the preparations. From the choice of the venue to the menu. He just had to have a hand in it all. He knew what was best for his girl. No one could do better. Not even his wife. The wedding went just as he had planned. It was more like his wedding. And soon his girl settled in to married life.
It didnít occur to him that his family had choices of their own. Or that they might have wanted things to go different from the way he liked. It would have been disrespectful of them to ask for anything different. After all, he worked so hard to keep them all happy. His measure of happiness was providing them with their physical needs. They should all be grateful that he did a good job at that. And not even think of making any changes.
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