The Good Wife

“One day, when I was in Grade 10, I was in my bedroom doing math homework. My mother walked in. She told me I’d received a marriage proposal. I laughed. ‘Mom, what are you talking about?’ I asked. She didn’t crack a smile, and I realized she was serious. ‘I’m only 16,’ I said. ‘I’m not ready for marriage.’ She told me that I was lucky. The offer came from a nice man who lived in Canada. He was 28 years old and worked in IT. His sister was a friend of hers. The woman thought I’d make a perfect match for her brother—I was very tall, and he was six foot two. ‘They’re going to look so great together in pictures,’ she had said to my mother.”

Samra Zafar – Toronto Life – February 2017