A SHORT STORY: SHORTENED
– WRITTEN BY RUTH TORTY
I was numb.
Everyone that could call had called, had sent text messages and several voice notes on WhatsApp.
They did not understand but I knew they meant well.
I checked my emails; the only avenue no one used to console me. Leke, the manager of my cement Depot had sent in good news, obviously hoping to make his boss happy on his wedding night. A major contractor had chosen us for their building project. I should be happy, jumping up and down and chasing Katherine around that cabin in Canada but I was here– hiding in a hotel room.
I could not go to the cabin, not with the images I had dreamed of for so long being nothing but just dreams.
The fourth woman I had proposed marriage to was the first to leave me at the altar simply because I was too short for her.
I tried not to think of the times we prayed together, times we were so sure of GOD’S Will, times she told me of her love.
I was numb, trying to figure out how Katherine had married another man on our wedding day. How she had told me she could not marry me days before and persuaded me to let her use the venue for her wedding.
I knew I was a dwarf, a person who, many educated people struggle to accept. I knew it did not count that I was rich or successful–I would always be a dwarf.
Somehow I almost wished I was born before the colonial days, at least I would be an assistant to the Eze mmuo or at worst I would be cast into the evil forest as an Osu– I would have accepted my fate easily.
I almost hated this millennial where everyone was free with chains of tradition around their minds.
So I laid down, certain my feet would never touch the foot of the bed and clutched my Bible tight.
It was ok. There were no villagers chasing me to the evil forest, no Eze mmuo to order me around, there were people who saw me as I was–human like them.
It was ok. I was a dwarf and it was ok. I let my tears fall on the Bible and I knew it was ok.
GLOSSARY FOR WORDS
Written by Ruth Torty
Ruth Torty is a Christian, biochemist and healthcare & biotechnology content writer. When she is not closing the science gap with her words, she is sharing real-life struggles of Christians on her blog https://undyingembers.wordpress.com/
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