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Parents of “Baby” Girls

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Big Mummy in her Book-store

Big Mummy in her Book-store

She got married when

Hopes had been lost

On her that she

Will get marry in life


All her mates had

Gotten married and many

Of the children of

Her mates were calling her


“Big” mummy. Because the

Culture of their island

Forbids children to call

A woman or a man


Of the age of their

Parents or who at

Least could give birth

To them “Uncles” or “Aunts”


Thus, “big mummies” or

Big “daddies” have been

Specially coined out for

Such people while addressing them


In the society. Sometimes

Some children would not

Attach the prefix “big”

To their names as they


Would simply address them

As mummies or daddies.

That again is allowed

In as much as


They are not called

“Aunts” or “Uncles”. Theirs’

Accordingly, is said to

Be sane community.


Because the world has

Changed and it is

Going crazy, many perversions

Have been noticed but


According to elders of

The land that again

Has not made anyone

To be using


The site of sores

On the leg to

Be walking, pain that

Would be elicited would


Not allow for that

Thus, the elders came

With such work around

Name for such people in their society


Compelling children to abide

By such. Thus, she

Has been called “big

Mummy by many before


She got married while

Her hubby too was

Called big daddy. Fate

Again, would not smile


On them instantly as

They had to wait

For eighteen months after

Being wedded


Before she could take in.

The joy of everyone

In the neighborhood and

Those that know them


Knew no bounds when

They heard that she

Puts to bed. However,

The striking thing was


She gave birth to

Twins which are males

They are not identical

For they have two separate “pouches”


Identical children usually have

Single pouch so the

Embryological scientists say because

It is a single egg


That divides afterwards to

Form two children that’s

Why they often have

The same mien and

Children During Yoruba Day in a School in Nigeria

Children During Yoruba Day in a School in Nigeria

Sometimes even some parents

Find it extremely hard

To distinguish between the

Duo. In distinguishing them


From each other you

Have to have something

For which you will be

Using to identify them,


People said God gave

Them double blessings at once

Because of what they

Have passed through before


Getting married. They were

Also elated and bless

The name of God

For such wonderful bestowal upon them


This woman would afterwards

Give birth to four

Sets of twins with two

Sets being identical


All of them were

However male children. Because

She wanted to have a

Girl child, she did


Not do family planning

And continues to try

Her luck and would

By this have eleven male children.


When she discovered that

She was not given

A girl child by God

After her delivery of the


Eleventh child that was

When she decides to

Stop given birth. Her

Hubby would after this


Talk to their children

Who are all males

That he has no

Regret given birth to them


For to him that

Was what God desires

Would happen to the couple

And if anyone has told


Him when he was

Yet to be married that

He would have eleven

Children he would not


Have believed but here

He is, live and

Direct having eleven children

This has happened because


Of his wife’s desire to

O have a girl child

At all cost. Now

For my wife and your


Mother not to feel

Neglected among us at

Home, whenever she calls

They must endeavor to answer


Her and when she

Makes mention of girl

Child, all of them

Must rush to her


To show her that

They worth more than

Girl child unto her,

What she is seeking for


In a girl child

They should tell her

That they would provide

Those for her on the spot.


They should let her

Know that she will find

In anyone of them

What she wants in a girl child


Since the day their

Father has addressed them

Like this, anytime their

Mother wants to complain


That assuming she has

A girl child something

Would have been done,

Before she finishes what

Tola, with Birthday Cake

Tola, with Birthday Cake

She wants to say,

About 5 of them

Would have rushed to

Where she is


Asking her what she

Wants to do. When

They continue to do

This, that was when


She stopped complaining about

Not having a girl

Child. In this family

When they call a child


Two or more would

Rush out, but when

They wanted to see

Many of them, their


Parents would call female

Child, and no fewer

That five of them

Would rush out


Of their closets abandoning

What they are doing

To appear before their

Parents saying at once


“We are more than

Girl child unto you

What do you want

To do? They will chorused


Thereby their parent would

Then talk to anyone

That she or he wants

To assign job among them


What has been inculcated

In the hearts of

This man’s children is

Reflected in their lives


In their schools and

Anywhere within the

Community. Any where anyone

Talks about a girl child


And any of them

Is nigh by the person

Talking about girl child

With no girl child


Beside the person, he

Would walk to the

Person to ask the

Person to assign him


The duty she or he

Wants to assign the

Girl child, who is

Not nearby “for there


Is no work that a

Girl child can do

That I cannot do”

Any of them would


Say unto the person

Like that. The people

Within the island have

Seen this and that’s why


They christened the couple

Parents of “baby” girls

The children have grown

And all married


Yet they still do

This where they are

And a week would

Not pass before one of


Them pay their parent

A visit with his family

The eldest son is

The one whose abode


Is the farthest among

All the children, yet

He comes to his parent

At least twice a year


During the 80th birthday

Of their mother and 82nd

Birthday of their father

Which was done in July


The month of their mother,

While their father’s month

Was January. They deliberately

Mark it together


They were all present

With their wives and

Children to mark the

“Birthdays” together with them


The fun time was

When the wife of

The eldest son called

Them out for their


Short presentation. The wife

Of the youngest son

And the wife of the

Third son were walking


And talking and during

This time the youngest

Son’s wife says, “Oh

How I wish I have a girl child”


That was when they

All rushed out from

All angles to the

Podium panting and


Chorused “we are more

Than girl child unto

You what do you

Want to do?”


We shall do it

For you, and the

Eldest son says that

Up, we have been doing it


And the rest completes

The word in chorus

And we shall not

Renege in our duties


Of doing this for

You as long as

You live. Their parents

Looked at each other


Embraced themselves shedding tears

Of joy for they

Are indeed parents of

“Baby” girls.

© 2020 OLUSEGUN

Comments

OLUSEGUN (author) from NIGERIA on May 09, 2020:

Titilayo Oladele Thanks.

Titilayo Oladele on May 09, 2020:

What a beautiful write up