Faruk has been with us all his life. He was born with cerebral palsy and is part paralysed down the right side. He is now in his thirties and longs to be married. He is the gate keeper and every morning he can be seen sweeping the boundary and checking the tube wells.
In true Bangladeshi fashion no time was wasted, the marriage took place almost at once and the parents went home. Two weeks later Faruk accompanied his bride to her parents’ home for the Eid holiday and, for the first time in his life, had people he could address as mother and father.
Salina is a widow, and the mother of our dear Sonali, now 11 and severely disabled with cerebral palsy. Salina also has a son who is in the local boys’ orphanage and visits us on all holidays.
Since we have known Salina, she has had at least two offers of marriage but neither suitor was prepared to take Sonali as well. Naturally Salina, who is a wonderful mother, rejected both proposals.
|Mofiz and Salina|
Sandy and Freda are both about to visit Bhola and will have the good fortune to celebrate two marriages. I am deeply envious!