This is a story of a boy who had been separated from his mother since young, and reunited with her by chance many years later, only to discover that a complex circumstance was about to unfold…
THE HELPLESS CHILD
‘Do you need me to see you to the airport?’
‘No, it’s alright. A friend will pick me up later.’
‘Ok. Take care, then.’
Julianna pulled her luggage to the door. She turned around to take one last look at Jason, the man that she had loved dearly, but was unable to share the same vision that she had. Ever since the couple had signed the divorce papers, Julianna made a vow to herself that she would never look back again. She would leave this country, leave this family, and pursue her dreams that was to study the World Economics. And Jason, a highly unsupportive husband, would only bore her down.
But she looked back. And she couldn’t bear to take her eyes of Jason. Beautiful memories of their time came surging into her mind, but she pushed them back. She’s got to move on. She’s got a flight to catch. Julianna turned to leave, though this time she’s held back again by the cries of her young son, Kyle.
‘Mama, don’t go! Don’t leave me!’
Julianna was already in tears. But Mama’s gotta go, she thought to herself. Kyle was held back by Jason, who was struggling to keep his tears in as well. But Kyle managed to break free from his father at last, and rushed into Julianna’s open arms, who couldn’t bear to part with her son. Julianna embraced her son tightly for the last time, planted a kiss on his forehead, then got up to leave. Kyle tried to hold her mother, to stop her, to keep her by his side, but he was too young and small to resist his father – to do anything at all -who stopped him from going after Julianna. Julianna took one last look at the two people that mattered most to her before going away for good.
Kyle could only watch her go.
A MAN AND A BOY
Sometimes Kyle would still dream about the incident of his mother going away. He grew up waiting for her to come back, but he was already in university and she’s still not home. His father never told him anything; he kept all of Julianna’s photos, and switched subjects whenever Kyle asked about his mother, as if determined to make him forget about Julianna. And he succeeded; Kyle couldn’t remember how his mother looked like anymore. All he could ever recall about her was her back – the way she looked when she left home.
Despite all his sternness, Kyle couldn’t bring himself to blame his father for Julianna’s departure. He actually sympathised him; Jason had to slog out his guts alone at work, but there’s no one at home that could give him comfort and share his burden. That’s why he decided to study business in college; to help ease Jason’s stress at work by helping him out after graduation.
Everytime Kyle saw a middle-aged woman, he would wonder if she could be his mother. How good would it be if that woman is my mother, he sometimes thought to himself. Other times he would go I hope my mother will be as beautiful as that lady. He would then try his best to suppress his lustful thoughts, just in case she really was his mother. But in all cases he had always been wrong. He knew he couldn’t be right anyway.
He envied his classmates. He hated how they would always complain about their mothers being nosy and naggy. At least you have a mom, he had wanted to say that to them all the time.
During his third year in university, Kyle managed to clinch a scholarship to Harvard. Jason felt so proud of Kyle.
‘But I’ll miss you, Dad.’ Kyle told his father at home when he informed Jason about his scholarship.
‘Don’t worry so much and just do your best.’ Jason advised Kyle. ‘This is too good an opportunity to miss! Dad will definitely support you in anyway I can.’
‘Thanks Dad. Do take care after I’m gone ok?’
Kyle had already started to miss his father.
But he’d always miss his mother more.