Thoko hadn’t come home for days. And Margaret couldn’t help
but regret what she had said. If she hadn’t been too harsh on her maybe she
wouldn’t have left. She had been to the police station, tried the hospitals and
even mortuaries. But no news of Thoko. Yes. The pains of parenthood. She envied
the barren woman who slept in peace at night. Now she could hardly close her
eyes not knowing where her daughter was. The house was empty and cold. She
missed her late husband. If only he was still here. Oh God why did you have to take him and leave me alone to carry this
The situation was awkward in the house. Leaving the house
early and coming back late was the game Thoko was playing everyday to avoid bumping into her
mom. But Margaret didn’t seem to care what she did anymore. She was giving her
the silent treatment.
Did you know
that new year’s resolutions don’t work? It takes more
than just words and willingness to break a habit. Do you have a bad habit that you
want to break and you have been finding it hard to do that? Do you always find
yourself giving up on a project, say a diet, exercise, waking up to pray? Well
despair no more because there is a way.
The state of young people in the world is growing critical. In South Africa challenges facing young people include drugs, early pregnancy, poverty, crime, abuse and the latest cults of satanism. The things that happen in schools nowadays are unimaginable. Many youth fall under the bad influence of friends. There has never been a worst time to be a parent than the present.
Thoko had a headache when she woke up that morning. It had
been a long night of partying and drinking. She couldn’t recall how she had
come back home or at what time. Probably late into the night. Her mother was
obviously furious. In all her life she had never done anything like this. But
there was a first time for everything.
The school hall was buzzing with children. They had been
called for a prayer meeting. Thrilled to be away from the boring lessons even
momentarily, the throng went about doing what they do best, chatting, teasing
and face booking.