PEOPLE seem to be hurrying everywhere, there’s a lot of tension growing and the atmosphere is filled with painful screams. Ahh…how stressful! My wife is inside the labour room. I’m feeling nervous and cold sweat is running down my face. I’ve never experienced a situation like this before. My wife, Jadwiga, and I grew up in an orphanage. I was about fifteen when I fell in love with her. She was the sweetest girl I had ever met.

Through thick and thin, we stayed together and finally got married when I was twenty-seven .Jadwiga’s name means ‘fighting a battle’. She is such a graceful and lovely lady that I can look at her all day long! We’ve been married for three years now. It is our love that has brought us till here .Jadwiga and I are expecting our first child. I promise to be the best father in the world for my child. However, I am feeling quite anxious — will I be able to be a good father, and will I be able to give all the happiness in the world to my child? So many questions are raging inside me.

I am going to be a father shortly, and I can’t express how happy I am right now!

“Ahhhh!” came the screams ofmy wife. I feel more nervous all of a sudden. Then the doctor came out of the labour room. “Congratulations! You’re a father now,” the doctor said. Tears of joy slowly fall from my eyes. This is the happiest moment in my life.

I run into the room to see my wife; our child is placed beside her. The first thing Jadwiga said was, “Honey, our dream came true! ”I take her hand, kiss her on her forehead and say, “Yes darling, Thank you for everything!”

Then I take our child gently into my arms… Oh! She looks beautiful! Her eyes are just like her mother’s, and at that moment I feel as if I own the whole universe! Our lives have become more meaningful.

Today is a new beginning for us. I’m sure even the Heavens are also rejoicing with us. “Sir, Sir! Mr Rafeal!” said the Doctor. His voiced sounded distraught. “Sorry, Doctor,” I said immediately. “I was inside a very big dream!“ “I’m sorry to say this, but we couldn’t save your wife and your child, ”said the doctor with his eyes cast downwards. “What?” I stammered. “No, this can’t be happening! Tell me you’re lying, man!” I shouted at the doctor while crying loudly. My wife and my child is not alive anymore, my dreams, my hopes have all perished! I am now all alone…

By Thidas Mindula Pasanjith,18, Kuala Lumpur

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