Perhaps Maemi still felt the sting of her mother-in-law’s rejection. Maemi had dared to disobey her, and in anger, she had asked Maemi to leave the family home. Maemi, her husband—Saeran—and their two daughters had been forced to find somewhere else to live. Maemi’s crime? Working outside the home in attempt to provide for her family because Saeran was no longer working. Now, Maemi had to provide a roof over their heads, an extra expense for her meager income. How would Maemi manage?
A Dutiful Dilemma
Maemi’s life hadn’t always been full of turmoil. She hadn’t always been so burdened by the cares of life. She had married at the age of 20, likely with hopes of a happy life in her husband’s home. Devoted to her traditional religion, Maemi regularly practiced rituals and prayed to local deities.
Soon, the couple was blessed with a child, and they welcomed their first daughter into the world. Two years later, Maemi gave birth to another girl, and that’s when Maemi’s troubles began.
The family was upset. Another girl?
Often, parents in their culture had a strong preference for sons. A son would bring wealth into the family and care for his parents in their old age. A daughter, on the other hand, would cost the family an expensive dowry and leave them once she got married.
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