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Will the Love You Give Be Reciprocated the Same?

Updated on April 16, 2020
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Finding my inspiration through short stories, voice of music and poetry.

There once was a girl named Niri, she lived in a middle sized home, with a beautiful family being the second child of four siblings. They were a very close knit family, with Niri being the second child and in her nature she always felt the sense to protect and take care of her three siblings.

Niri never bothered about a lavish lifestyle and always sought ways of making life’s expenses an easier one for her parents. She was a very quiet but assertive and strong individual when faced to the test.

When her siblings fought, she felt the hurt and always tried to mend in order to keep the bond she appreciated dearly.

The years went by quickly, eventually Niri was at the age of settling in on new found love that she built on from day one, honouring and loving her better half, his name Vee. He was greeted as a son and given the warmest welcome to the family.

It was time she met her better half family as he had met hers. There were many mixed feelings to what she was used to with her loving family to what she experienced to her welcome.

The day she entered the doors of what she expected to be a warm welcome, she was snubbed by Vee's dad, who looked in her direction but walked right passed her with arrogance in his eyes.

"Hello", Niri greeted as he went by, but she was ignored, immediately started to feel awkward and out of place.

Vee's parents were divorced, though his dad believed in arranged married as was his parents and being the second of three siblings. He had always warned her about his family dynamics being much different. She pictured this equivalent to what she had been used to, therefore being ignorant, it was new to her.

Vee's mum saw Niri and ran up to greet her with a sparkle of excitement gleaming in her eye's, she was finally getting to meet the girl Vee had shared many stories about their love for one another.

Vee was very upset by his father's approach and went to speak with him. "I don't care who she is," said Vee's dad, "I have already explained that I will choose a partner for you, she must leave immediately before I throw her out."

"Yes, dad, you did," Vee said, "but I explained to you, how much I love her," continued to go on, "she completes me, dad."

"Don't you disrespect me. I will never accept her, she is not my child," Vee's dad shouted, "you will stay away from her or you will be disregarded from our family and that's final." His father just about raising his hand to Vee.

Knowing he couldn't get through to his father any further, took blessings from his mother grabbed Niri while wiping away the tears from his eyes and walked off.

That was the turning point to all of Niri's fire filled hopes and dreams of being married off to another family, flames gone off in smoke.

Vee could not sway what his heart wanted, would of loved for his father to be more forthcoming to how traditions have changed in every generation, however Vee's dad continued to be with the old school mentality.

Vee wanted to move far away from the hurt, start a new life, and take along his one true love that had been his pillar, no one realised what Niri had done for him in turning his life around for the good, besides his mother. Vee’s father chose to ignore the good in her as arranged marriage was a tradition in the family. Niri was deeply saddened to the circumstance, as she had to leave her loving family that were so close knit for the betterment of them both starting a life together.

Though Niri's parents always dreamt of giving their daughter a well celebrated send off, respected Niri and Vee's wishes for a small wedding with the attendance of Vee's mum together with some members of his family members excluding his dad, refused to attend and never answered all of Vee's calls.

A few years had passed, though they kept in contact with the family, Vee still hurt from the abruptness of the situation with his father.

Until the one day, he felt the urge to contact his father, wanting to give it another try. Within seconds his father answered the call, crying and uttered his disappointment to the way he had performed as a father. "Sometimes we forget as adults, how to think rationally, and it took a child to point out my childish behaviour," Vee's father cried, "son, you have a wonderful wife, sorry I couldn't see it through my stubbornness."

Vee teared and said, “I am glad I gave you space to gather your thoughts, and have a good conversation that I so longed for,” Vee continued with tear filled eyes, “All we ever wanted was your love, respect and blessing as a parent and today you have made my wish a reality.”

© 2020 Mitara N

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    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Kyler

      Still around, good to hear I have been missed. With the current lockdown have been trying to assist those that are still on street with no form of assistance from the government in regards to food supplies and parcels. It's really sad and heart wrenching what most are going through. Every little bit helps and I am trying to do my part, may not be much but working around thoughts and ideas to help daily, so many mouths to help feed.

      Thank you for looking out for me.

      Take care keep well and be safe

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Brenda

      Thank you for appreciating the write.

      Take care, keep well and be safe

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      11 months ago from California

      You still around Mitara, been a while and I've been waiting on a new piece!

      Hope all is well!

    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      Nice story.

      So delighted that the wedding took place.

      Lovely that in the end the father finally came around. Sad thing that he missed the wedding, but it touches upon real life.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Amani,

      Thank you for appreciating the write,

      Your comments are always appreciated,

      Take care, keep well and be safe.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      So glad to hear Olusegun,

      Continue to keep well, take care and be safe

    • Amani Utembu profile image

      Amani Utembu 

      11 months ago from Nairobi -Kenya

      Loved the ending...

      .. Great story Mitara

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image

      OLUSEGUN 

      11 months ago from NIGERIA

      Mitara N, I am thanks for asking. Keep safe there.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Olugsegun

      Trust you are well.

      Thank you for appreciating the write.

      Take care, keep well and be safe

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      11 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Umesh,

      Trust you are well,

      Thank you for appreciating the write.

      Take care, keep well and be safe.

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image

      OLUSEGUN 

      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      Good story.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      12 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      So nice. The father anyway realised the things in due course of time.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Prateek

      Thank you for your kind comment and appreciating the write.

      Take care, keep well and be safe

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      My dear friend Kyler,

      Though a look into what's happening more and more into culture. The scenario remains the same from ones mindset, though guided by different situations.

      It sometimes uses tradition or culture to feed the anger or frustration. It's wasted years to have come to common ground or a better conclusion whereby it could have been practiced almost immediately, and shouldn't be a constant effort, as that creates egg shells to things that have tried to be amended.

      I feel that though believed from the times our ancestor, why wait until on a death bed to repent all angers and frustration that clearly was never held back then.

      Many go through such a situation and sometimes never get to make amends due to the stubborn nature, not realising times have changed, family should be held much more near and dear.

      I always appreciate your brilliant comments, to sometimes thoughts of my own.

      Take care, keep well and be safe dear friend

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      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Wonderful story with a heartwarming ending. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      I am so happy to hear the story engaged you well my wonderful friend Ruby.

      When it comes to love, sometimes certain beliefs could cause a break in the family. Life is too short, it's about what keeps warmth and love in every home.

      Always appreciate your comments

      Take care, keep well and be safe dear friend

    • MitaraN profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitara N 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Eric,

      I am glad the story heartwarmingly engaged you. All stories should have a happy ending, the same to every chapter in life.

      Always appreciate your comments

      Take care, keep well and be safe

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Lovely story! Sometimes it's difficult to turn loose of old traditions, it's good that Vee's father missed the love of his son.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      A very endearing ending, though this story is a stark contrast to my own experiences with my family, and even past loves. Doesn't matter who, my family has a stubborn streak, and each of our ancestors take their convictions to the grave. Their funerals are small, and family events tend to get smaller and smaller as time goes on as we all avoid one another. On their death bed they reach out, only to strike others with their words before kicking the bucket. I hope to be the "Happily ever after" in the family.

      A decent story, Mitara, and a nice look into a culture other than my own.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well that is just a delightful heartfelt story. I love the ending. Thank you

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