“God will never understand if you would kick these people out, Mandy. That woman is going to die in no time, and what about all these kids?”
“Alex, a house is not enough in this case. These people need more than just a house”
“I know, but this house is what matters to them right now”
“What are we going to do, Alex?”
“I.. Let me think about it. But for now, that woman needs to be taken to hospital”
“I agree, but what do we do with this situation?”
“Look, I will do everything in my power to make sure that this situation improves”
“I work at the hospital, and that links me to so many practitioners. I will do my best to help. All you need to promise me is that you are not going to kick them out”
“But I would at least like to know who allowed them to stay here, and how they afford the rates and everything”
“We’ll have to come back later and have a word with an adult”
“We also need to consult an adult before taking this lady to hospital, or do anything to help. We can’t just show up and offer immediate help to people we haven’t even met”
“Relax, we will help these people..and we will do it the right way”
He patted my back.
“What do we do now?”
I asked. He took a deep sigh.
“I’m not sure. I think we should go home and think about this properly”
I turned and walked away.
He shouted. I stopped on my tracks and turned to look at him.
“Let’s go home. We will be back later. Please”
“Okay, no problem. Let’s go and tell the little girl that we are leaving”
I ssuggested, and he agreed. We went to the living room, where the little girl was playing with a broken doll.
I softly called out as we walked in, and the little girl looked up.
“We are leaving now. We will come back later”
I told her.
“Tata will be drunk later”
She replied, with a voice that carried sorrow.I uncomfortably cleared my throat.
“Do you know where your father works?”
Alex asked. The little girl shook her head.
“I only know that his boss is Mr Van Tonder, because he sometimes talks about him”
“Okay. Look, we will be back later. Okay?”
“He will be drunk”
She explained again.
“We know, but we will be back anyway”
I insisted and the little girl nodded. We said our goodbyes and walked out.
“Gosh, this is so sad”
I mumbled as we walked to the car.
“I know hey, I know”
“Do you think they have something to eat?”
“I don’t know. You want to buy them something to eat?”
“I don’t know, I just..I want to help”
“We will help. If we start doing things for them out of our pockets, our intentions may be misunderstood”
Alex said, as we got to the car. I had to collect my mind and not portray a broken soul on my face.
“Mama, what took you so long?”
“Uuh, uncle Alex and I went to try and get Mama’s home back”
I replied, turning to face him.
“A home? Isn’t that house your home?”
“That house” being Alex’s house.
“No baby, it is home… But this is where I grew up. This is where my mother stayed”
I sighed, allowing my emotions to drag me down the memory lane.
“You have a mother?”
He asked again.
“No, not anymore. My mother passed away”
It took every inch of strength within me to hold myself and keep it together.
“Why? What happened to her? Dad says people die and go to heaven, and never come back. He says people say that the person has passed away, and that people pass away in different ways. He also said that it is okay to be sad and cry when someone passes away, so that we can heal from it”
“Woah! Your Dad talks to you guys!!”
Alex said.I was still looking at him, tongue tied.
“He was telling us about his mother. He said his mother passed away when he was still very young, and doesn’t remember anything about her”
“Mama are you okay?”
He asked. I snapped out of it.
“Yes, I’m fine. I’m just amazed at the fact that you are already having very deep conversations at your age. You are interested in knowing the deep stuff around you”
“I just want to know, Mama”
He said.The sound of his voice made me imagine how much my mother would love my kids. I smiled.
“She loved kids. She loved her family”
“What happened to her?”
He asked again. Snatching my happy memory away without even knowing.
She was killed, by her husband”
He asked. Gosh!! The child was not even ten years of age yet, and was already asking very deep questions. What happened to my child? Why wasn’t he like his sister and only see the world as a bubble of happiness?
“No baby, not my father”
Alex looked at me. I didn’t know whether to add the fact that my father was his grandfather’s brother or not. I wasn’t even sure if he already knew or not. I was fearing for the fact that through his digging, he would bump into the information that his father and I were actually cousins.
“A man that my mother loved so much”
“Where is your…”
I cut him short as I faced ahead..
“Uhm Alex, could you please drive off. We don’t want to waste any more time. Uhm, Uyi… Baby, would you like anything to eat or drink?”
He remained silent.
I turned to face him again, calling out his name.
“I don’t want anything”
He replied sincerely.
“Okay. Alex please turn left”
I gave him directions till we got to Sibusiso’s house.
“Uyi and I will definitely wait in the car”
Said Alex as he pulled over to the side.
“Okay, I’ll be right back”
I stepped out of the car and walked away.
Alex called out.. I stopped on my tracks and turned to look at him. He was running towards me.
“Mandy, do you think you’re up for this?”
“What do you mean?”
I asked too.
“This whole staying-with-your-son idea?”
I shrugged my shoulders.
“Let it go Mandy, you are not ready for this. I foresee an emotional disaster ahead”..