Love is a very universal thing, there are many sort of love exist in this world. Love for your parents, love for your country, love for your family, love for your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend as well as love for God. When I was a child, I used to say that love is mother nature’s little trick to make people reproduce, but as I grow up, I realized that love actually have a deeper meaning. It’s more than flowers, poetries and diamonds. Between couples, I feel that love should go beyond the glory of courtship and romance.
A few days ago, I come across an old couple, in their seventies having breakfast at a mamak stall, and I overheard their conversation that almost made me cry on the spot. (Damn, a lot of things can make me cry). The wife told her husband that she missed their children who hardly give a damn about them, and she feared that one day she will end in an old folk’s home sooner or later. Her husband looked up from his roti canai and smiled at his wife. He took her hands and pat it softly. In a very reassuring voice, he told her that even all of their children refused to take care of her, he will, and for as long as he lived, he would not forsake her. They then ate in a comfortable silence, and as soon as they finished their meal, the husband paid for it and held out his hands to his wife, much to my surprise. She took it, and they held hands while they walked and crossed the road. I had expected the husband to let go of the wife’s hand after crossing the road, but they did not. They continued to hold their hands as they fade away from my view, much to my surprise. Honestly, I had not expect that.
For the rest of you over here, holding hands may be a simple gesture exchanged by a couple, but how many of us are lucky enough to experience that? I mean, how many of us are lucky enough to grow old together with our spouse, and have not lost the act of affection? I actually hate public display of affection shown by horny young lads who are convinced that they are in love, but of all romantic PDAs I’ve seen before, this one had really touched me deeply, and I’m not even disgusted with their public display of affection. It nearly bring me to tears and strike my nerve. The old couple probably do not have a few years to carry on living with each other, but they are cherishing every single seconds that past by with each other. And I dare bet that while the old couple probably pray for more time to spend with one another, many of us here took our spouse for granted, and forget to show how much we love them.
Today, I’d like to give a gentle reminder to all of you out there not to take your husband or wife for granted in the pursuit of worldly matter. Love them, and cherish them, for life is short. Why not hold their hand or a kiss or two just to remind them how much you love them today? Who cares if your children sees your PDAs? Let them have the benefit of witnessing the love that their parents have for each other. After all, you did utter this particular vow during your wedding day…
To have and to hold,
From this day forward,
For better or worse,
For richer or poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish,
‘Till death do us part
Cleffairy: We can fall in love, and we also can fall out of love. Don’t let love and affection fade away with time.