Friday, March 22, 2013

Stupid Question You Don`t Dare Ask Mum Or Dad


When I was growing up as a kid, I was always wondering how a woman gives birth to a child. "Do they cut their stomachs open and take out the baby," I would ask myself. Luckily for me, a lady in our house got pregnant and delivered. She delivered in the morning at the time I was in school. When I returned from in the afternoon to have my lunch, I again asked myself, "Where did the baby pass through before coming out of the stomach?" This was after I realised that she had delivered in the hospital.

Whilst pondering over this, I went to the kitchen and gulped down some cups of water and went back to school. I was in Primary two at the time, I did not enjoy the teaching that day because I was still pondering over how the lady delivered. When I closed from school at 1:30 p.m. and went home, I decided to ask my father how the lady delivered to free myself from the unnecessary thinking.

Papa, "how did the woman deliver, did they cut open her stomach, or where did the baby pass before coming out?" I asked politely in Igbo. But I was greeted with an unpleasant answer, "Shut up! This is not a question a child should be asking." I was obviously not satisfied with the answer my dad gave me, so I bypassed him and went straight to the woman who had always been sending me on errands to ask her how she delivered.

Like my father, the woman was also shocked that I was asking her that question, so she called my father and told him. My dad then went bananas and decided to give me several lashes, which eventually zipped my mouth from asking that kind of 'stupid' question again. When I grew up, I realised that my dad was wrong in refusing to answer my question, but I did not blame him, because at the time sex education was considered sacrilegious, therefore, it was an abomination for me, as a kid, to be asking those kinds of questions.