My Gift On Valentine’s Day
I asked myself what special gift I could gift my wife this Valentine’s Day. She has everything that I could think of. Normally, she would tell me in advance not to buy her anything material, even the irresistible red dozen roses. Just when I was about to give up and just go “safe” with chocolates and a pre-written Valentine card, I remembered the “love poem” she carries with her in her wallet. I gave it to her 8 years ago. I will never forget how happy she was when she read it for the first time. Her face glowed like an angel. This gave me an idea of writing a post of the beginning of our love story. A love story I wish to share with her for the rest of my life.
I Wished For Love And It Came True
It was the first day of school. I was about to start the mind wreaking Junior year of medicine. I was in a relationship which I thought at that time was going to last forever. Then I saw her for the first time, a freshman, walking towards the school building. My heart pounded. I thought it was silly. I’m supposed to be in love with somebody else. My mind tried to reason with my heart. For a while it worked.
I told myself, “How can you be in love with someone and yet your heart would still beat for another?” So, I told my heart, “Chill! It’s wrong.” It did chill for a few months.
I would try to come early for my Surgery Class hoping I’ll see her in the classroom. Later, I found out that she would stay longer than usual so she can see me too. We shared one classroom in 1 of our subjects. Was it destiny? Was it coincidence? Whatever it was it led me to her.
In between my class periods, I would do some research. I would ask friends who knew about her. I found out she belonged to a well to do family of her city. For some time that bothered me. I was a small town boy raised from a middle income family. We seemed to live in different worlds. Different lifestyles, traditions even circle of friends. For sometime I gave up the hope that perhaps I have a chance for love with the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen who inspired me to pass each obstacle in Medicine and life itself.
A few months after, my current girlfriend of that time broke up with me. She told me I wasn’t giving her enough time. I told her, “Whatever free time I had, I spent it with her. That going through Medicine takes pretty much of my time and that I’m trying my best.” Despite of my pleading and a few tears she said, “This is our last time of being together.” My best wasn’t good enough. Ouch! I didn’t realize that it would crush my heart. I did love her in all sincerity. And that made it hurt all the more. So, for a few weeks I went into depression. I didn’t realize it then. Later, I read my symptoms by accident during a Psychiatry class. Surprisingly, I had most of the criteria from loss of appetite to just wanting to confine myself in my room. Whew! I’m glad I got out of the depression. What was my cure? I turned out to be “Love.” The very reason that broke my heart was the very reason that mend it back to pieces. It was the very love I wished for during the time I felt so alone and lost. It was my proof that wishes do come true.
Months after my hibernation I saw her again running hurriedly by the stairs behind me. She was late for her class. In her hurriedness she missed a step. She was able to hold on to the side rails preventing her from falling. I offered my hand to help her stand up. Then our eyes met. I asked her, “Are you okay?” She smiled back sweetly and said, “I’m okay. Thank you.” I felt that time stood still and I could hear music in my head. Once again fate intervened and our path crossed.
Summer came. I finally got the guts to call her. It took me about 30 minutes to keep still and dial her phone number. I was a nervous wreck. She must have sensed how anxious I was because she sounded so calm and soothing throughout the entire duration of our conversation.
On our first date, I could hardly eat. She too barely touched her plate. No, we were both not on a diet. I felt like I was floating on air with butterflies in my tummy. Weird but it was an amazing feeling beyond words. It was the most intense emotion I ever felt. Cupid got me hooked really hard.
It was near Christmas when she said, “I love you too,” after I told her for the very first time that I love her. It was and still is the best Christmas gift I could ever asked for. I thought then that wishes are simple myths until my wish came true. I wished for love and love came like a lightning bolt hitting us both straight to the heart. I never felt more happy and complete. No matter what happens today or in the future, I can always look back and say, “Love made my life truly beautiful. “ It gave meaning and hope to my existence.
Everyone has their love story from the typical romance to that of friendship that withstood the challenges of time. This was the beginning of my love story. The love journey that will go on till the last beat of my heart.
Love Across The Sky
One memorable day at the beach, I asked my son to take my picture and that of his mom as we face the sea together. Little trooper was all excited to capture a “kodak” moment of his parents. As I held my wife close to me, I heard my son say, “Ready guys? One , two…no moving…three.” Even if I didn’t have to smile, I wasn’t able to control myself and so I smiled. It was a happy and perfect day for me as well as for my family. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Two days ago while editing the last photo, I noticed the heart shape cloud above our heads. I didn’t see it until I cropped the photo to make it bigger. Was is destiny? Was it coincidence. Personally, I would like to believe that it was love written across the sky. A reminder of what’s meaningful and important in my life. A reminder that love is within and around me.
Wishing everyone all the love and happiness this Valentine’s Day and everyday.
What do you hope and wish for today? What’s that one unforgettable Valentine’s Day that made you celebrate love in its purest form? What’s your love story? Are you “ready” to embrace love and the story that’s about to unfold?
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