TWSC Submission: When Daddy Left

I am a graduate of Uganda Christian University. I just graduated last year with a degree in Business Administration. I love reading the Bible and singing gospel songs. I love God. The things that inspire me are being near positive people and those who inspire me a lot. I’m also inspired by hardworking people.

My father, I still remember his face because of the photos [people] have shown me. He disappeared when I was six years old. I was the only child from my father but my mother had other children. By the time she met my father, she had [five] children. She eventually had 10 children and I was the sixth one. There was no relationship at all with my siblings because they had different fathers. They didn’t look at each other as brothers and sisters.

I was taken to my aunties’ place [my dad’s sisters] when I was six years old. At that age, I already knew what was going on. I knew that my father was not there so I lived with them and they took good care of me. They were really good, but as you know parental love is more important. My mother was very far and I only went back to her when I was 14 years old.

The challenges I faced were that my aunties never liked my mother because they said that their brother married an old woman, so that was a challenge. I would feel so bad because they would talk ill about her and yet she had done nothing wrong to them…just that their brother married her [she was about 10 years older than he was].

Anyone who doesn’t love your mother you see them as an enemy. If you love me and you don’t love my mother, that hurts. But I thank God that he changed their minds and now they’re in touch with her.

When I was growing up, I would see families that were united that had a father and mother, and I wished I had that. It wasn’t that my aunties were bad to me, but because I was not with my mother and my dad, there’s a way that I felt because I missed that feeling of being at home with my mother and father.

I kept on praying for my father. I would tell God, “I need my father. If he’s still alive, please bring him back.”

It affected me so much…even to this day. When I was still in high school, I would keep hoping that my dad would come [back to my mother] so he could have another baby then I could have a brother or sister.

I would advise people who are experiencing the same situation, first of all, to love God. To trust him because that really helped me a lot. When I grew up the good thing is that I grew up with aunties who knew God and loved him. No matter what, trust him because he has a good plan for everyone.

The second point is to love and respect people who help you. I really thank my aunties because they helped me complete university. My mother had no money and she had other children, so I really respect my aunties and I also [encourage] anyone else out there to remember these kinds of people. When you are now successful and you get a good job, don’t forget the people who helped you.

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