By Simon Mwangi
From the very beginning, the girl’s family objected strongly to her dating this guy… saying that it has got to do with family background… and that the girl will have to suffer for the rest of her life if she were to be with him.
Due to her family’s pressure, the couple quarreled very often. Though the girl loved the guy deeply, she always asked him: "How deep is your love for me?" As the guy was not good with words, this often caused the girl to be very upset. With that and the family’s pressure, the girl often vented her anger on him. As for him, he endured it in silence.
After a couple of years, the guy finally graduated and decided to further his studies overseas. Before leaving, he proposed to the girl: "I’m not very good with words. But, all I know is that I love you. If you allow me, I will take care of you for the rest of my life. As for your family, I’ll try my best to talk them around. Will you marry me?"
The girl agreed, and with the guy’s determination, the family finally gave in and agreed to let them get married. So, before he left, they got engaged.
The girl went out to the working society, whereas the guy was overseas continuing his studies. They shared their love through emails and phone calls. Though it was hard, both never thought of giving up.
One day, while the girl was on her way to work, she was knocked down by a car that lost control. When she woke up, she saw her parents beside her bed. She realized that she was badly injured. Seeing her mum crying, she wanted to comfort her. But she realized that all that could come out of her mouth was just a sigh. She had lost her voice.
The doctors said the impact on her brain had caused her to lose her voice. Listening to her parents’ discomfort, but with nothing coming out from her, she broke down.
During her stay in the hospital, besides silent crying… it’s still just a silent cry that accompanied her. Upon reaching home, everything seemed to be the same. Except for the ringing tone of the phone, which pierced into her heart every time it rang. She does not wish to let the guy know. And not wanting to be a burden to him, she wrote a letter to him saying that she does not wish to wait any longer. With that, she sent the ring back to him. In return, the guy sent seemingly millions of messages, and countless phone calls. All the girl could do was cry. The parents decided to move away, hoping that she could eventually forget everything and finally be happy.
With a new environment, the girl learned sign language and started a new life. Telling herself everyday that she must forget the guy. One day, her friend came and told her that he’s back. She asked her friend not to let him know what happened to her. Since then, there wasn’t anymore news of him.
A year had passed and her friend came with an envelope, containing an invitation card for the guy’s wedding. The girl was shattered. When she opened the letter, she saw her name in it instead.
When she was about to ask her friend what’s going on, she saw the guy standing in front of her. He used sign language, he told her, "I’ve spent a year’s time learning sign language. Just to let you know that I’ve not forgotten our promise. Let me have the chance to be your voice. I Love You." With that, he slipped the ring back onto her finger. The girl finally smiled.