Published | Written by Mclord E

Last time we started a short story on Jumoke and Dayo (true story, only names have been changed). The story continues this week. We would appreciate your views and comments on this story.
Jumoke had lost count of how many times Dayo beat her and pushed her out of their house or abandoned her on the road if they had an argument in the car while driving home from somewhere. On one occasion while she was pregnant for their first child, he put his fist through the passenger window of his car and dragged her through it, after punching her in the stomach several times she ended up in the hospital; needless to say she lost the baby.
She got pregnant again, this time with twins but things remained the same he abused her again and again. After she delivered, he would complain when the babies cried and tell her `to shut them up or else.’ Every day Jumoke lived in fear, never knowing what Dayo’s mood would be.
After years of abuse, Jumoke was determined to turn her life around. She took her children, moved to a new city and began to rebuild her life. She found a good job for the first time since leaving school, cared for her twins and started making friends. Life was great. The eggshells she had been treading on were gone, her children could cry and no one will threaten them.
Sometimes she doubts her decision about leaving Dayo, she thinks about her mother’s advice that ‘no marriage is perfect’ and she wonders if she made the right the decision. Maybe if she had stayed, Dayo would change someday. What do you think? Did Jumoke take the right decision, ignoring her Mother’s advice?

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