The Missing Key Episode 14


Mum was angry, she was also sad. She was angry at Dad and somehow at herself. Where was all the love she used to share with Dad? What made her allow her children to outgrow her? How had she allowed her family to come to such ruin? This wasn’t the type of home she wished for.


Everybody must have taken a nap. The house was as silent as the graveyard. Something woke Mum up. She was hearing a sound; it was coming from Daddy’s study. Someone was sobbing. Alarmed she stood up and walked towards Dad’s study. She listened. Yes, the sound was coming from in there in.

Mum softly opened the door and peeped in. she was weakened by the sight of Dad sitting helplessly on his chair shedding manly tears. Dad was obviously fighting very hard to stop the tears from flowing. His breath was hard as he tried to control himself. Mum couldn’t believe her eyes. She was surprised and touched.

She immediately understood why Dad was shedding tears so she walked in and held unto Dad. Dad allowed himself to be held as he leaned his head in Mum’s tummy while she caressed the back of his head.

While everybody was sleeping, Dad had taken his time to reflect on his behavior towards his family for some time now. It all started with the desire to be a successful man. Mum took a seat and sat beside him. They both looked into each other’s eyes and began laughing. Her eyes were also filled with tears.

“Why didn’t you bring me to order when you noticed that I had started derailing?” Dad asked softly. Mum smiled,

“You didn’t know how scary you became. I was busy trying so hard to please you all these while until I almost became a slave to your presence. I was just simply afraid of you.”

“Wow. Then my kids must have felt worse than this. I didn’t even recognize my own kids. They were both different when I was talking with them. Do you know at a time, I wondered if it was my little Ada and John I was talking to? They are so big and matured; even John’s voice has changed.” He said, there was pain in his eyes.

“Ha ha, they are really growing faster than we think and we have neglected them, thinking they were still kids. I know this is not an excuse, but I gave up when I noticed that Ada had outgrown me. I knew I couldn’t handle them alone and instead of asking you for help I got into my shell and allowed things to continue to go bad.” Mum said regretfully.

“It was all my fault. I shouldn’t have left you all alone to handle them. God! I have been a bad father and husband, putting all my efforts in the office while my house was in disarray.” He stopped and looked Mum in the eye again.

“I am very sorry… today I looked at my children from a point of view I had never done before and I realized I was missing in their life. Again, you made me realize I have been selfish all along. Yes, I have only been thinking of being a success and have stupidly been putting my whole efforts in my work place and have neglected my house.” He said thoughtfully.

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“Mmh, where have my husband been all this while?” She bantered,

“I am glad we have both come to our senses, I just hope it’s not too late.”

After a long conversation, Mum and Dad hugged each other. Dad, for the first time agreed it was all his fault. They agreed to talk to Ada and John respectively. Mum to Ada, Dad to John

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