PEMISIRE (Part 23&24) – OPEYEMI OJERINDE AKINTUNDE

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PART 23 PÈMÍSÍRE”
©️Opeyemi O. Akintunde

Instead of teaching me, Mrs Arole abandoned me in the class. Whenever I came to school, all she did was

“ Pemisire, good morning how are you?”

“ I am fine!” I would slur.

Afterwards, I took my seat and bowed my head because of the multiple flashing lights. She would teach the other students but left me in my own world. Whenever it was break time, she would give me my food.

Towards the close of the school period, she would pick my class notes, come to me and hold my hands, writing with my hands. I didn’t understand what she was doing…

Whenever I got back from school, Mama would check my book and with joy, she would pat my back. Mama had enough time for her business as she made me stay in the after school class. So whenever she dropped me off at 7 in the morning, she picked me up at 6 pm.

I was wasting away, all I did was eat and sleep.

**************** ( ABIGAIL’S PART) I was finally getting my life back. I had enough time on my hand since Pemisire was in school all day. I decided it was time to look for a better job. Mrs Ayomide’s name crossed my heart immediately… She would be the best person to get me a job…

I had gone with Pemisire to her place four weekends after he started school…

“ A Corporate Job?” She had asked

“Yes !” I had answered very excitedly

“ What happens to Pemisire?” She asked

“ He will be fine, already he is doing great!”

“ What do you mean?”

“ I mean he has been doing well with me dropping him off at 7 am and picking him up at 6 pm. The teacher says he is doing great and I am really surprised at how fast he is catching up. He can write 1-20 already in four weeks… Thank you, Aunty, for helping me discover how smart he is through the Ludo game.”

“ Hmm… Speaking of Ludo game, he doesn’t seem interested in the game today” Mrs Ayomide pointed out as David was trying to pull Pemisire to the Ludo game…

“ No… Noo…” Pemisire slurred.. “ I want to sleeeeppppp”

That caught my attention, that was the fourth time he wanted to sleep before 2 pm. After they had said their devotion that morning,  he said he wanted to sleep, of which I let him. In the two cabs that took us to Mrs Ayomide’s house, Pemisire slept. Now he was asking to sleep again.

“ This is the fourth time he is sleeping today, hope he is not coming down with a fever…” I rose hastily to him

Mrs Ayomide went into her room as I moved towards my son.

“ Pemisire… are you okay?” I could feel the pain in my lower abdomen. Whenever something was wrong with Pemisire, my stomach would always react. I guess it had to do with the mother-child bond.

Mrs Ayomide came back with the thermometer. She told me to step back and on getting the readings, it was normal.

“ He is fine, I don’t think What is happening to him has anything to do with fever. You should ask him what is wrong…” Mrs Ayomide said

“ Pemisire, What is wrong? Talk to me…” I said pleading.

He looked at me and with tears dropping from his eyes he said…

“ Mama… Gooodd boyyyys shoulddd alwayssss sleeep and not disturbbbb” Pemisire said and I felt my world stopped…

“ I knew it… I knew they had tampered with something… So you think you can leave a child like Pemisire in the hands of some wicked teachers from 7 am to 6 pm and you will find him intact…?”

PART 24 PÈMÍSÍRE”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

“ I was shaking my head in pity for you when you said He was doing fine. 12 hours in a school and you think your child will be fine…” Mrs Ayomide said to me

“I wanted to make more money as to pay his fee and support ourselves.” I defended

“At the expense of losing him. God favoured you a special seed and you want farmers who have no understanding of the kind of seed he is to help you grow him. What happened to picking up your son at 2 pm. Isn’t that the normal school closing hours? Oh I get, you are seeing him as a burden and you found the school as a burden bearer. For the past 4 weeks, what time have you had together…?” She chided

“Before we get home, he is always asleep, but on Sundays, we are always at home,” I said shedding tears.

It began to make sense, the past two weekends, he slept all through the weekend. I thought the school had exhausted him, little did I know the school was training my son to be dumb and sleepy…

“Pemisire, come over here…” Mrs Ayomide beckoned on Him. She made him sit on the dining table. She offered him a sheet of paper and a pencil…

“Pemisire, your mother told me you can now write 1-20, write for me…” Mrs Ayomide said but Pemisire looked on like he didn’t understand what she was talking about..

I wept and wept profusely as he kept looking like a dummy…

“Pemisire write please…” I pleaded. I didn’t want to believe what I was seeing..

**************** I didn’t like seeing mama in tears, but I couldn’t write on my own. The teacher was always holding my hand to write whatever it was she was trying to write.

“Mama… teeecher… holdddd myyy handdd to wrrrite” I said in defence.

All I saw was that my mother’s body hit the floor. I didn’t know what it meant but I  knew it wasn’t right. Mrs Ayomide jumped from the chair to help her.. she took a bottle of water and poured it on her and Mama woke up…

*********** ( ABIGAIL’S ANGLE) Few hours after I passed out and woke up, I sat down sober. Pemisire sat beside me curling up against me…

“ I told you once that I was the cause of my son’s ineffectuality but I never told you how, but I will tell you today.” Mrs Ayomide said

I looked on like a moron with no strength to talk.

“I gave birth to David as a normal child, everything about him was fine. I was working in the bank at the time and I was already on the level of the internal auditor. I was aiming for the position of a branch Manager. My husband was also working in an oil company but died when David was 3 months which made me take a long leave…  Therefore immediately after my one year leave, I enrolled David in a crèche that had a school. The 1 year I spent at home nursing my son was the longest I spent with him for over 4 years.

I never crosschecked my son’s books. I was confident my son was doing well in school.

My world came crashing down when I was summoned to his school…

“ Mrs Ayomide, I asked to see you because of David. We think David may need to see a doctor…” the headmistress had said to me

“ Why? He is not sick .?” I asked

“ Emm… academically he is not doing well. You know in this school we don’t grade students with positions, but if we did David would probably take the last position in class”

“ That means the school is not doing its job, I am sorry to say…”

“ Madam, before calling you I have done several things to help your son. All his teachers have been complaining about him, and as a way of finding out the problem, I asked a friend who is a psychologist to please come to evaluate your son. I wanted to know if there was a way of imparting knowledge into him…”

“ And ?”

“ I am not allowed to disclose the result to you, so I suggest you take him for the test your self”

I left her office very angry. I took my son away from that school. My son was very active when it came to playing, he was also fluent in speaking so I wondered what they meant by my son needed help…

The new school was more expensive and in two weeks I had been summoned… The headmistress also expressed her concern about him having learning disabilities. She asked if they could carry out a test on him. I agreed and when I was told the result of the evaluation I almost passed out…
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