It was one of the good days. She woke to him nuzzling her neck, whispering sorry for what he had said yesterday. She teared up and he kissed them away. All forgiven and forgotten.
They stayed in bed late, him talking about one of his students who just refused to look at his books and was forever disrupting class. From the way he said it, he loved this kid! His crazy antics but he said it with an air of pretence exasperation, like how he would really want the kid to just shut up and study. She told him of the new book that she was reading and how it was making her feel all warm and gooey inside, it was the story of a teenager starting life afresh with her family in Alaska. She went on to tell him about how as parents sometimes they ruined lives in the name of love but that was also what forged characters of steel in their children. She told him how conflicted she felt when she read things like this.
For once, after a very long time, they listened to each other. It felt like home, after a very very long time.
That gruesome scar on his face,
Suddenly becomes so much more desirable when you come to know that he got burnt trying to save a child,
Those chipped front teeth
You find funnier when she tells you she fell on her face drunk dancing,
That hideous wristband on someone
Becomes much more than a rubbery stretchy thing, when you get to know it was of their child
Who succumbed to terminal illness.
When you know the stories behind imperfections,
Why do they seem perfect?
What if the gruesome scar was a birth mark,
Or the chipped front teeth just the way they grew,
Or the wristband, just a wristband.
We would judge them differently, is it not?
If stories make it easy to accept, find the story.
Sometimes not having a story, is also a story.
What takes effort is love
Hate, are easy.
It’s super easy to do the easy thing.
We stick to the hard things as long as they are easy.
The moment it gets tough, you ask – is this worth it?
That point, precisely then is the tipping point.
If you decide to stay, stay.
Be in it with all abandon.
Pick the difficult route,
It’s got the best sceneries
It’s got the best experiences
And it makes you you.