Nala: So, where are we at? Keep and give or kill and destroy someone’s dream?

Jabir: Now when you put it like that…

Nala: I know, I’m sorry I’m forcing this on you.

Jabir: You’re forcing this on us. Not just you and me; all four of us!

Nala: If that’s what you think, and you’re probably right…

Jabir: No, wait, let me finish. What I’ve also come to realize is that a man will always think differently from a mother. We don’t for a fact know what it’s like. Even after all these years of building and making a home and raising and rearing our kids, it’s hard for me to feel the surge of emotions a mother holding a life inside her experiences. That inability is the only reason why I want to support your choice: to keep this child and give someone the joy of parenthood.

Nala: Really?

Jabir: Yes, having said that Nala, when you give birth to this child, for all that you will feel, you will have to find a way to control the urge to keep your child. It will be torturous to have to give it away; to be bound by a contract that requires you to give away your bundle of happiness, your flesh and blood to someone else, but there simply will be no other route to take. We can’t afford to keep this child. We’re doing this out of the goodness in our hearts to make another couple grow into a family. That’s all there is to it. That’s all there will ever be.

Nala: Hmm…

Jabir: I’m with you if you’re going to stick with the reason why you’re doing this. May be I have a selfish interest. I do. For it will provide some more financial aid, security, whatever you’d like to call it. We’ll be able to give Kadir and Kaia more. And then, of course, we’d have done someone a whole world of good!

Nala: I promise. That will be all there will ever be to it.

Jabir: Alright, let’s find out how we can deliver this life and love to a household.


(Nala and Jabir rode out their decision to have and give their baby away. It was not easy but it was necessary. Nala’s maternal instinct brought her many moments of weakness, compelling her to reverse her decision. The presence of Jabir and the kids, their immediate financial reality and the promise to provide for a less fortunate couple put her right back on the road. They gradually settled back into the everyday pleasures, pains and possibilities of little families in large cities…)




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