By Sinmisola Ogúnyinka
When he was eight, Jonathan decided he was done with the tragedies associated with fishing.
It was a life on water. Drinking buddies falling overboard and getting entangled in fishnets. His older brother seemed to enjoy drinking and drowning. It made no sense.
At eight, Jonathan knew he did not want to be a liability but to help people. To create rather than consume like his father who would not go out to the sea on rough nights but fool around the house till his mother got really mad. So much of nonsense around a small family. How did big families keep it together? Because Jonathan had no clue.
Two years to becoming ten years old, Jonathan knew he didn’t want to be called “Jonnie” or “Jo-boy” or any of the cozy shorts everyone thought was cool except Kathryn with a “K.”
She lived on the ranch across the river and only came out of the house when she went for long walks, with a dog and a nanny. Jonathan knew he would become better than his family when Kathryn turned eight and he wasn’t invited.
“I want to be a writer,” he told Uncle Mac who prided in being the only one in the family to get through high school unscathed by drugs and bad friends.
“You learn to write your name first Jonnie,” Mac growled.
Not because he was mean but nothing he ever said came out nice.
“I know how to write my name,” Jonathan said, only because the young teacher at the schoolhouse let him hang around sometimes.
It gave him the chance to see Kathryn walk by on some days. She attended a private school only because her father could afford it. Made Jonathan more determined he had to be a writer. To make a name and a fame. To prove Kathryn’s family wrong. Nothing wrong with being born across the river.
Because one day, he would cross that river and make Kathryn his wife.
About the Author
Sinmisola Ogúnyinka is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer and movie producer. She has a university degree in Economics and is a Craftsman of Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild. She lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA.
You can read Sinmisola’s flash fiction column on the 4th Tuesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.