Stephen and Ruth were lovers with strong feelings for each other. This love walk took-off during the infant days of their university life. Getting to meet at school wasn’t a mere coincidence. It is seen by the two as being an act of providence. Stephen had suffered a delay in obtaining a university admission owing to some financial setbacks. This lucky offer came during his determined last trial since he had the option of joining the military. And to meet love at such a moment is a memory to keep. They always will have the school to thank for having offered them the admission at the same time. Stephen lived a great distance away from the locality where the school was located. But Ruth’s community played host to the school.
Everyone who knew them at that time admired these two love birds. Ruth never gave any other man a chance to sell the idea of love to her. Whoever went near her for a potential relationship failed greatly at being able to book an appointment with her. She wasn’t the hard type, just that she had found what pleases her. Within two years of graduating, and with a job that puts food on the table, the two sealed their relationship and became legal partners to each other. The romance had just moved a step higher. Nothing seemed impossible against their collective energy. They succeeded together at initiating several projects. They were just the right pair. Life was sweet but wasn’t complete. There was yet an unmet need.
That which was missing in the life of Stephen and Ruth was the fellowship of offsprings. The other couples who tied the marital knot on the same day with them were already counting about 2-3 kids within their homes. It is so because any couple with 5years of marital life could reproduce at least two children if they so wish to. But the blessing had not yet arrived for this couple who were getting older by the day. Stephen was nearing his 39th birthday while his wife, Ruth, was 34years old. Time was no longer friendly.
The inability of some couples to conceive keeps drawing some level of stigmatization from the community where they belong. In some cultures, marriage isn’t given much regard if there are no babies from it. This was the fate of Stephen and Ruth. They had given medical science a try but with no success. They had considered nutrition, exercise, prayers, medications, etc, but there wasn’t any sign of rainfall.
The medical reports had given the two partners a clean slate, none was the reason for the childlessness. Therefore, all that was required of them was patience and a peaceful mind knowing that it shall rain someday. The times and seasons are moments that will surely come. No one may have the answer as to the “when?”. But on a set day a fetus had formed in Ruth. Once a childless couple is a painful story to recite.