“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” – Mother Teresa.
It was one of those days when my best friend and I were at loggerheads. And I, being the stubborn one, would not just let it fly. More so that I am a very slow forgiver, especially when I am hurt deeply. And she is the only one that can get me so deep. Although, she had apologized severally I just didn’t want to let go. I just couldn’t, not until I’d processed it. I was really hurting. The pain was intense yet I managed to scale through the day at work without much fuss. Then closing time came.
Driving home in a deep pensive state I relived the event over and over again. Almost as if I was relishing in the stabbing pain in my chest. I heaved a couple of times just to soothe it but the effects were short lived. I had gotten home driving in default mode and only realized it when I turned off the major road into our street.
Letting myself in through the gate I parked the car and began the climb up to our abode on the second floor. I stepped into our home and my kids erupted into a fit of joy. They clung unto my sad dejected frame and in seconds they had inflicted me. They were simply irresistibly contagious as always.
A trace of smile touched the corners of my lips. I resisted at first but the look on my Kids’ faces were sublime. And before I knew it my mouth had curved into a soft smile. And in no time my frown melted into the airy joyous mien in our home and my face began to light up. I felt my eyes sparkle then my gaze met with hers. I froze still smiling as the sight of her brought back the memories and with it the pain.
My best friend and I stared at each other for what seemed like eternity. My face was already twisting in a grimace as the smile dissipated then I noticed her teary eyes and with our kids still in ecstatic fits I heaved heavily and smiled at my best friend and better half.
Immediately, she got up from her seat and flung herself at me, covering my face with kisses. “I’m sorry love!” She kept repeating. And at that instance I stopped hurting and I forgave her.
Overwhelmed with emotions, a teardrop from my more sensitive left eye slowly cascaded down my cheek as I wrapped my arms joyfully around the three most important people in my life – my two sons and my wife!
“When you get married, you become a couple. But when you have kids, you become a FAMILY! Kids make a GREAT DIFFERENCE if you just let them!”
# Parenting is a Divine Mandate.
# Parenting is the best legacy.
P.s. Quotes courtesy Goodreads.com