The doctors had told Sheila she might find it difficult to get pregnant. She should start looking into adoption or surrogacy. She had Endometriosis, a condition that led to infertility in women. She had started the treatment, and for years, she did not get pregnant.
Sheila and Morris adopted a baby girl, Dorcas. She was the light of their lives. She was only three months old when she was adopted. She brought so much joy and laughter to their home. Her family had opened their arms and received the baby with love. Her mum and her sisters doted over Dorcas like a princess. Morris and Dorcas were inseparable. But Morris’ family refused to acknowledge or accept her.
She was a stain to their family. No one in their family had ever adopted. They were fertile in their family. They could never accept her as their grandchild. If Sheila could not give Morris his own child, then she should be ready to receive another wife or leave. These were the words Sheila heard so many times. Morris argued and quarreled with his family over this issue. He even stayed away from family functions. If they refused to accept his daughter, Dorcas, as a member of their family, they might as well disown him.
Today, Dorcas turned six years. A vibrant young girl. Everywhere she went, she brought joy and laughter. She was loved by everyone; even her in-laws had come to accept Dorcas. But above all, she was a loving big sister to her twin brother and sister.