I sat down right in front of my mother. All which was left for her in this world is me. Tears filled our eyes as we waited for hunger to tear us down that night. That is the moment when she started explaining how poverty came in her life and ruined both of us.
It all started when she fell in love with Jaime, a brilliant boy from a poor background. My mother Charmaine was rich, loyal, trustworthy, caring and rich. She was twenty-two when her father died and she inherited his businesses. That is how she became very rich at a very tender age. Jaime asked for Charmaine’s hand in marriage and without second thoughts or consultations she accepted at once. Days after the proposal Jaime came to Charmaine with another proposal but this time a business one. Charmaine was to sell all her businesses to someone else and they would pay all the money for Jaime’s professional interview. She was blinded by love so she had no choice but pay for the interview because if Jaime passed the interview they were going to be rich. Their plan went as planned. With God’s grace Jaime passed and he became a millionaire. The problem emerged when the two love birds indulged into sexual intercourse.
My mom told Jaime she was pregnant but he did not rejoice with the news. He rather introduced a life changing slap to my mother and accused her of sleeping with another man. Charmaine had to do nothing but cry. At that very moment Jaime stepped out of Charmaine’s house and vowed to never come back. Charmaine was now heartbroken, single, pregnant and broke. No one was willing to help her except her best friend who had gone through what she also went through. When Tasha, Charmaine’s sister heard about what her sister was going through she visited her pregnant sister. She did not come with money to help her own sister but rather came with an abortion tablet since their family had no history of marrying out of wedlock.
Charmaine did not want to kill her unborn baby so she chased away Tasha with a whip. Jaime never called or texted for nine months until the unborn baby came to the world of the living. Problems never stopped from trying to separate the new child from his mother. At some point breast milk dried up due to stress, anger and hunger. She had to buy artificial milk which was very cheap to the rich. Charmaine did not even have a single penny. She walked out of the house and went to sue Jaime for all the army she paid for him and if he failed to pay the baby was going to die of hunger. Jaime had none much to say but to ask if they signed any document when she gave him the money. Driven by fear, angered by hunger, with not even an inch of hope left in her she ran to the house to kill the baby.
Fortunately, she found her baby quiet in the hands of her sister. Tasha looked like she had changed and she also seemed like she came with money to support the boy but my mother’s instincts were all wrong. She had come to ask for Charmaine’s hand into marriage with a very rich sixty year old man who could take care of her. That is when my mother decided not to kill me because I was all she had in the world. Even her sister was ready to offer her to a sixty year old, toothless grey-haired man. She refused and went to stay in her hometown till I was five. That is when Jaime showed up and said he could not bear children anymore so he wanted to take me away. Charmaine refused and went to court without lawyers to fight for me. She won the case. Now after court, my mother decided to tell me how we ended up here
In my mind all I could say is “She is an army, she is an army”. I could see through her tear what she had gone through.