I am overwhelmed.
Simply passed by me like a rose petal floating in the wind you did.
My long dead nose hunted down your scent; hungry for your soul.
The centre of my being became tethered to your own.
Fetus-like I clung to you for life.
Your joy became my elation.
Your disdain became my grief.
All my life – callous and vain
Drinking from your cup I’ve done
Merrily, uncaringly, sloshing about till my garments were drenched.
But in this drunken state I finally see…
– Hence –
If everyone has a cup of love to give
The one I give to you is filled to the brim.
P.S. It feels great to write love letters for people you’re infatuated with.
Writing letters of appreciation to a family that’s loved you all your life feels even better.
Thank you for your time 🙂
“How?” he asks beyond incredulous at this point. “You’ve seen the statistics, you watch the news, you talk to you people, your friends, clients, classmates… So tell me, how? How can you be so naïve? Why do you still believe? It just doesn’t work.”
“Ah… but it does. I’ve seen it.”
I’m sure you know the saying: monkey see monkey do. I’ll be the last to call myself a monkey but kids do learn a lot from seeing their parents/guardians in action. I will have you know, this guy’s been doing a lot of seeing, this guy’s been doing a lot watching – when your guard was up or when it was down. I was listening when the words were smooth. I was listening even when annoyance had long barged in. I was learning – I still am – how one ought to love and how one ought to accept being loved.
As your son I’d like to utter words that might seem odd to you now but ring true nonetheless. You’ve done a stellar job! Thank you… and I’m so proud of you. I need look no further for a greater example of how I want my marriage to be. Yes the journey is still ongoing but you’ve done real good so far, hontou ni (there’s that Japanese becoming useful). Obviously this is from my selfish point of view but I hope you keep it up… so your grandkids can learn this lesson from me, their mom… and from you too.
It’s because of you that I can say these words with ease and with meaning. I love you 🙂
So… to my heroes, to my parents, to my inspiration –