Being lazy is not something that existed ‘in Ebuka’s dictionary’, but his salary was meager. He could barely satisfy all the needs of his family. He needed an extra source of income to meet up with their needs. He has five children.
His wife, Adaku was a housewife who knows how to prepare delicious varieties of meals. She was very skillful when it comes to cooking.
Ebuka thought of an idea, he called his wife one night and decided to share it with her. He told her that he would want her to run a little restaurant within their vicinity to help raise income for the family. Adaku objected to his idea.
She refused saying that working was not meant for women. She further said that being an housewife alone was a job on its own. She wasn’t going to add any extra work to it to avoid being overworked.
Ebuka tried to make her see reasons why she needed to do this work and the benefits that comes with it. But, she didn’t agree with him on his idea.
After that night,he continued persuading her whenever he got the chance to, but she remained adamant. He finally gave up the persuasion and focused on his job.
Two years had passed by and he remained the only bread winner of the family. He was invited to his village for a traditional marriage ceremony of a friend’s relative which he honored the invitation.
On his way back from the ceremony, the public bus transit got involved in a fatal accident and all the passengers died on the spot.
The news got to Adaku and she was devastated. How would she cope with the bills and attend to her children’s wants. Her husband wasn’t earning much,while he was alive, but they could eat at least twice a day. Now that he’s dead, she would have to start from the scratch. Where would she start from?
Ebuka’s brothers paid her condolence visit as well as make arrangement for his burial ceremony. They didn’t have enough money to raise to give him a befitting burial. His burial.
They managed to contribute small amount of money and got him buried.
After his burial, Adaku began to go from one family member house to the other to borrow money to start up a business as it dawned on her that she was all alone now.
It was really tough trying to get money from people. She got to realize how stingy people could be with their money. Even those who acted all nice to her, when her husband was alive turned their backs on her.
She regretted never listening to her husband’s advice when he was alive. If she had a business she was running. She wouldn’t go from one family house to the other like a beggar. Whenever she remembers her husband, she sobs.
Life Lesson: Things are hard these days, we all know that. Gone are the days when only men are the breadwinners alone. Women have started doing all they can to support their husbands in raising their children. If you’re a woman and haven’t come to realize this, then you need to really step up your game. Stop sitting down! Get involved in something you can do to assist your husbands financially. You might say he’s a multimillionaire and doesn’t r need your financial contribution, but have you thought about the possibility that something unfortunate might happen tomorrow? Do you own the power to control tomorrow? After pondering on these questions, do well to do the needful.