MY FATHER’S FARMLAND (Part 3&4) – OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE

PART 3
“ MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

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Oba, Ope and Ola went with Miss Johnson to her house and they had the best meal of their lives. They were served Hot custard with Fresh Fish pepper soup.

“Of a truth, God is a good God” Ola thought silently. As she continued with her meal she took the time to look around the house, this was her dream,to be a wealthy woman, she knew someday she would be as rich as this woman. She looked around trying to get more details about the woman, there was no family portrait, it was her picture that filled the whole house. Ola kept turning around to see if she could see another picture…

“ Looking for something?” Miss Johnson said from where she sat

“ Not really ma, I was just admiring your pictures…” Ola said half of the truth…

“ And?” Miss Johnson asked

“ Why don’t you have the pictures of the other members of your family here ma?” Ope blurted out. Ope was a person of few words, but times when she decided to talk, it was straight to the point…

Oba and Ola looked at Ope strangely, with the expression that said, what she just said was uncalled for…

“ Oh that!, I am not married, or better still I have never been married, I have a disorder that can not make me get pregnant, it is called PCOS meaning Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). it is a hormonal disorder, it causes infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries develop numerous small collections of fluid and fail to regularly release eggs, thereby making me Infertile….So I decided to remain single than face the trauma of getting married and waiting endlessly for a child..” Miss Johnson said with a smile and continued with the book she was reading.

The trio could not eat anymore as the words they just heard hit them really hard…

“ How Ironic life was! This woman had enough money to cater for 10 kids in this house but unfortunately she has none, meanwhile their own father had 3 kids and could not feed even 1” Oba wondered silently

“ What’s happening?” Miss Johnson asked.. “Don’t tell me you are feeling bad, come off it, God has been good to me and I am glad .. Not having kids is not the end of the world. I have channeled my energy to helping motherless children. They need me and I need them. I pay the school fees of 10 university students, 25 secondary school students and 54 Nursery and Primary school students. Isn’t that much more than I can ever ask from God… Besides, God has decided to add 3 more to my list. He brought you to me…, So eat up and let’s discuss.” Miss Johnson said and continued with her reading…

Oba was dazed at the level of faith the woman had. He had only read this level of faith from the Bible.

“This PCOS she was referring to must be like the disease the woman with the issue of blood in the Bible had… Excessive Menstruation or no menstruation at all….Hmmm, but God can heal her!” Oba thought silently

“This woman must be a true warrior”Ola thought silently

Ope on the other hand suddenly felt compassion and had tears in her eyes.

After their meal, Miss Johnson sat with them in the living room asking them about what their individual visions were…

“ I want to go into politics, I believe that someday I will be the governor of my state…” Oba said

“ I want to work with my hands and make money… I love to do business” Ola said

“ I love singing, I love arts generally, I love to write, sing, play instruments, Draw, make movies and all that… My vision is to be on the big screen!” Ope said with high enthusiasm. Whenever Ope spoke about Art, her face would always light up…

“ Very good dreams I must say, but you know you need education and training to achieve this?”

“ Yes ma, and that has been our limitation” Oba said…

“ What if I am willing to help, would you accept my offer of help?”

The trio looked at each other surprisingly, amazed at the level of humility the woman had. They were also shocked at how God was set to help them in such a short time…

Miss Johnson fulfilled her promise and got them into private universities after they had written all the necessary examinations. This was two years after they had met her. Within those two years, they had learnt different vocations. Miss Johnson insisted they each learn a craft. Oba became an apprentice at a Mechanic Workshop, Ola started working at Miss Johnson’s store as the supervisor, while Ope went to a Music school .

After two years of living with Miss Johnson, they each got admitted into the university to study the course of their choice. Oba went ahead to study Political Science,While Ola went ahead to study Business Administration and Ope went for Mass communication.

Trouble however reared up it’s ugly head when Miss Johnson’s case became critical and She was diagnosed of Cancer of the Uterine lining.

The trio realized their hopes were about to be dashed, as they had just gotten into their second year in the university, and Miss Johnson was the only one they had…

PART 4
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

It felt like a red carpet had been pulled from under the trio’s legs. They had been living a good life, eating good food, dressing well, having someone they could call “Mother”, But all of a sudden their Angel in human form was under serious health attack.

Oba took it upon himself to sensitize his sisters on the need to pray. They started their 3 days fasting and Prayer in school praying for God to heal Miss Johnson by His Healing power…

The trio took the program very seriously, but on the third day, they heard a bad news. Miss Johnson’s PA had called Oba that Miss Johnson wasn’t getting any better and needed to be flown outside the country for better health treatment. The P.A told Oba, Miss Johnson asked to see him.

Oba and his siblings travelled down to see their Angel in human form..

Oh my!, Miss Johnson looked like a shadow of herself, she looked so frail… Ope couldn’t control her tears as she kept wailing… Ola and Oba were also tearing up…

“ Why should bad things happen to good people?” Ope kept saying very loudly amidst tears..

Miss Johnson didn’t have the strength to say much, all she said was…

“ I am traveling to get better treatment and I hope to come back soon by the Grace of God, but If I don’t, I want you to take care of yourselves… As part of fulfilling my promise, I have made provision for your one year school fees. Hopefully, I will return before the end of the session God willing…” Miss Johnson said as her P.A handed over a brown envelope to Oba.

The trio knew this was an indirect Goodbye to Miss Johnson, they knew she was settling them. Looking at Miss Johnson on that bed, the trio knew it would only take God’s Grace for her to survive that phase…

Ope hung on to her crying…, Ola did same but Oba faced the wall in tears…

“ God, please for the sake of the good this woman has done, please save her life…”

“ Jesus did a lot of good things, but when it was time for him to leave his disciples for a while, that they may grow… I took him away…” Oba heard those words very clearly in his heart. He froze on the spot. He had never heard God, he had always followed his conscience in doing the right things, but for the first time, He heard God speak to him…

“ Did God know about this sickness, Was God permitting Miss Johnson’s exit from their lives?”

Oba Couldn’t Help his tears… He started wailing, even more than his sisters..Miss Johnson and her P.A also joined in.

He knew this was time for him and his sisters to brace up. God had given them temporary relief from their pains, but now was the time to grow and take charge of their lives. Miss Johnson was a “ Stop & Rest Inn” on their road-trip.

The trio left Miss Johnson after about an hour because other beneficiaries were waiting at the reception to see her. The Trio understood that Miss Johnson wanted to settle all her beneficiaries before she embarked on her trip as she may not return…

From what the trio gathered, Miss Johnson had sold some of her properties as the treatment of the cancer had gulped her finances.

“ No matter how much money one makes in this life, when you are about to die, you won’t take it along with you..” Ola said out loud as she was the one who always thought about money as the ultimate thing to have in life…

“ I will always remember that in my quest for money!” Ola said, still the only one talking as the trio walked towards the park.

“ No wonder Bible states that Vanity upon Vanity..” Oba said…

Ope was the most shattered amongst the trio. All she could think about was her vision about the media. How was she going to fulfil her dreams???

“Why is God so unfair to us, Why????” Ope screamed out in the middle of the road as she broke down crying…

She wanted to die, She wanted life to just end?

“Where were they going from here?What if Miss Johnson did not survive this sickness, how were they going to complete their education? She had only given them school fees for a year, what about the remaining two years…?

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