Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Backlash

   In 1965, in Pasay City, Roy, who was an only child was 22 when he started courting Laila, his 14 year old neighbor.  He gave her expensive gifts but she was just not into him.  She thought he was a ‘mama’s boy’. 

   Elenita, a classmate of Laila’s ran away from home and came to live with Laila.  Elenita got to meet Roy and started flirting with him.  Getting tired of the hard to get Laila or maybe to make her jealous and take a second look, Roy started dating Elenita.  One thing led to another and soon enough before Elenita’s mother found out where she was staying, Roy has already gotten her pregnant.  

   Roy’s mother refused to let his son marry Elenita.  Their courtship was too whirlwind for her taste.  She said they should wait till the baby is born.  That should give them time to know each other better.  

   The couple lived together till the baby was due.  When the baby was delivered, before the young mother woke up from the anesthesia, Roy’s mother gave the baby up for adoption.  Elenita was heartbroken.  Roy dumped her soon after.  Laila was right all along.  Roy was a ‘mama’s boy’.  

   Decades went by.  Elenita moved on.  She finished college, married a musician who did gigs all over Asia.  They had 5 children.  When Laila saw her last, Elenita was happy.  

   As for Roy, he found someone his mother approved of.  He married the girl but she had one miscarriage after another.  Finally they split up because she couldn’t give him a child.  Then he went from one woman to another.  None of them could give him a child.  Roy has been alone since his mother died.  Who would have thought the child he gave away so hastily would be the only one he’ll ever have in this life.  

   Some people would call this ‘Karma’.  The Bible has a text that sounds appropriate.  

   “I, Jehovah, am searching the heart, 
    Examining the innermost thoughts, 
    To give to each one according to his ways, 
    According to the fruitage of his works.”                 (Jeremiah 17:10)

   God simply gave Roy his heart’s desire.  As they say "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it!”

* Names were changed to protect the guilty.

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