I Blame It On My Father

A story about Petal, a young blue headed woman working through her family drama and most importantly dealing with her "daddy issues" which have affected her life and relationships so much. On her journey, she struggles with forgiveness, her mother's mental illness and vulnerability in relationships. She did not know that a broken relationship with a father could have such dire consequences. Things become worse, much worse before they become better. A story about hope, love, patience and forgiveness.


16. Chapter 16

It had been the best day that Petal had had in a long time. Hunn, Stacey, Jasmine, David, Malik, Annette, Martha and some other church ladies were there. Many other people from the community were there and Petal had also managed to invite Maria who also invited some of her family and friends. It was the opening of the library and information centre that Petal had funded with some of the money from her mother. It was also the launch of the new mental illness support group which had better facilities (meeting space, video equipment, writing equipment, furniture) and the counsellors had been taken on a training camp for them to improve their skills. Petal had worked really hard to bring about this change at the community centre. She had dedicated her time and energy on this project. It helped her to grieve and it helped her to get closer with the people that she loved and the people who had become her support system. That morning everyone had gathered to paint the wall of the community centre with their hand prints, vowing to make sure that the centre was always taken care of and that they would be responsible for it together. Petal had given a speech on the importance of support and unity and how she did all that she had done in memory of her mother. Malik was by her side every step of the way. It was good to see people so excited about the new and improved community centre. Petal had planned to spend her time working on making sure that all the changes were sustainable while she studied health and nutrition part time. She also wanted to start a health and sanitation awareness programme in section D. However, all that would begin after her three weeks of travel. She wanted to unwind for a bit, try new foods and see new places. It would be a very busy three weeks and she intended to make the most of it.

It had been a long and rough year. Petal had lost her friend Vector, her mother, her job and her brother had lost his life over something as stupid as drugs. She had lost her faith at times and she did not know where her life was going. All the hardship and loss had made her a stronger person. The doors which slammed closed in her face had led her to the doors which were right for her. She strengthened her friendship with Hunn, she found love with Malik, she managed to forgive Blunt for all the pain that he had caused her family (It was not easy but Petal had gone to see him in prison to tell him that she had forgiven him because she was tired of allowing him to steal her happiness by keeping a grudge against him), and she had restored her faith in God. The past was exactly that, history and Petal wanted to focus on the present and appreciate it because things were constantly changing.

So the bird was right after all, "Things always work out. Life is life, change is inevitable, nothing lasts, we adapt. So chin up now will you."

The End.

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