“One apple a day, keeps one away from the doctor” these were my daughter’s first words to me as I picked her up from the school yard, my Amy was that five year old refreshing mix of bubbles, colour, joy, laughter, sweetness, wits and strong will, she was every mothers’ dream girl, of course I responded with a good afternoon so she grudgingly replied with a smirk on her cute dimpled face but I also knew our funds weren’t being wasted in that over priced school of hers.
It was ken’s turn to pick Amy up from school that afternoon, but his car had broken down on his way so I had to step in.
Ken and I had known each other for 17 years and been married for only 7 years.
Our love story was one that drew some level of surprise from everyone who heard it such that the usual verbal response upon relaying our story was either “what”! “Wow”! or “really”? Believe it or not ken was senior prefect in high school so was I and we had been dating since then, we were inseparable, we ate lunch together, strolled home together and even got flogged together, ours was the kind of fiery love that no waters could quench, we had been through roses and thorns, snows and infernos, but we only grew stronger.
But we had a dark secret one that we vowed to keep in the corner of our heart till our graves swallowed us up.We were both of the AS blood group, but none other knew, we successful played a fast one on families and friends, please don’t ask how,we swore that if our first child was spared the horror of being born with the sickle cell disease we would have no other but by adoption,so when Amy came without the disease we knew God was on our side.
But as ken’s love grew for Amy he soon wanted another child, another child from me, his request greeted me rudely, the shock of sudden rainfall on a sunny afternoon was nothing compared to how i felt,i was in awe of how quickly he had forgotten our oath, His memory had failed to remind him of the fear, darkness and hopelessness we felt when the Amy’s test results were delayed..the joys of fatherhood had stolen all the horrors from him