PADDLING FOR LOVE
By IAm Jaret
We were classmates in our last year in high school. I was a writer in our school organisation He was a football player and a band singer. There was nothing common to us except that after-school-hobby of playing computer games at the nearby mall. College soon came and we found ourselves in the classroom again merely as friends. I was infatuated with him and deep in my heart I know that he'll be an important part of my life.
We took our first shot as a couple in December 1998. I experienced my first love, first kiss, first real date with him; got bruised on my first heartache with him; dug my own grave out of panic and shame when my then future Mom-in-law caught us in one room (believe it or not, we we're just reviewing then for our final exams), and first learned that love is sweeter the second time around.
Romance soon fade and the reality of raising our own family knocked so suddenly. Just as our friends were busy preparing for their thesis, we were juggling school, work, and our young family. Thanks to those beautiful souls who helped us along the way.
We are not a perfect couple. Our fairy tale did not promise a happily-ever-after ending. I may have transformed from a princess to a witch; him, probably from a prince to a sorcerer whenever we fight, but I guess that's included in that whole big package of love and marriage.
After twelve years, two universities, several odd jobs, five children, a number of first birthdays, and cakes to blow, we're still together. We may have paddled our boats apart and let those waves of frustrations and anger divide us at some point but I'm glad (and proud) that we're surviving.
To my husband who has been a constant challenger, thank you for the patience and the stubbornness that goes with it and that love that only you could uniquely give. Happy Valentines Day (and Happy Birthday too!). I hope that when things get tough, we will always be reminded to sit side-by-side on our own boat and to paddle as hard and as long as we could to beat the storm. Paddles up!!!
iam JAretPhoto by Balubal Soridaijin and submitted by IAm Jaret
IAM JARET's story of Love entry won an unlimited 1 hour photo shoot at the CJC Photography studio with one (1) 12x18 retouched print of chosen image.