I looked carefully at my face in the mirror and managed to smile; but it was impossible to smile especially when my life fell apart. My eyes were puffy and swollen from hours of crying and my nose was bright red. My lips were chapped and my face was tired and drawn. I hated looking and feeling this miserable, all because of my unfaithful ex husband.
I, a once respected and successful married woman had turned into a lonely and scorned 32 year old divorcee. Within a twinkle of an eye, I had lost my husband, my job and my pride all at once. Who would have thought that my husband would find solace in the arms of his secretary, Oluchi.
After my husband had been caught in the act, he had the guts to humiliate me by kicking me out of our matrimonial home, withdrawing my position in his company where I worked and abandoning Tomiwa, our 6 year old son; all because of his “newly discovered love” for Oluchi.
I had to move back in to my parent’s house since I was unfortunately broke, and I also had to ignore the curious looks and stares of other family members and nosy neighbors. All pleas from my ex-husband’s family members and mine to take me back fell on deaf ears. Sincerely, I never wanted him back. I would never forgive myself if I accepted him back into my life.
He had humiliated me and made me the laughing stock of town. I had heard numerous untrue stories about my marriage and it shattered my heart. He had broken our wedding vows and made a fool out of my love, marriage and our family. I could never forgive that.
I looked across the room and watched Tomiwa stir in bed. I fought back tears and I stared at his sleeping features. I knew I had to be strong for my son and I couldn’t let my situation belittle me. Tomiwa could hardly understand why he had to live with me in his grandparent’s house and most of all, why he couldn’t see his father; but I needed to protect his innocence from the truth. Tomiwa was all I had left of my failed marriage and I knew I had to work hard for both of us to get my life together.