‘Criiinggg Criiinggg! Criiinggg criiing’ the loud ringtone struck my head and speared through my ears. The ringing noise kept coming from a smartphone adjacent to my table and it brought me back from my world of dreams and sleep. “Sam, Where were you?” Why were not you receiving my calls?” she screamed. I was still finding my place from sleep to real world through a tough process and I was having a tough time processing her words.
Eventually, I did, and I remembered that today is one of the most important day in her life. “I am standing in front of the Trump Tower in Bronx, you were supposed to be here at 9, but it is already 9:15, where are you man?”.
Suddenly I remembered it all. I was supposed to meet her on the eve of Nov 12, 2026. And like the past 10 years, I have already been late today. I quickly put on my pants, wore a t-shirt, and started wearing my shoes. I left my building exactly at 9:20, 5 minutes after her call, and when I reached the garage, I remembered I have not brought my money bag, or my keys to cycle. “What the hell! What are you doing man?” I said to myself. I quickly climbed back to my apartment, took my keys and moneybag and started for Trump Tower with my cycle. I started riding fast, slowly increasing my speed. And aroud 9:30, I reached Trump Tower.
“Where the fish had you been? My exam is about to start in less than an hour and I am very terrified. I asked to come you here and it is fishing 9:30!” “I got up home late last night. My project manager was very harsh on me and I had to work late night. I slept late and got up late. Sorry honey!” I tried to explain. However, she was not much convinced. As a young teen would try to lighten up his partner, I tried some tricks from my sleeve to lighten up her mood, like the way I am doing before our relationship and today after 10 years of our marriage. Because, I knew, this exam she’s appearing for today, she must need to give her full efforts and concentration to pass it. And a bad mood will not be going to help her Putting aside the timing issue, we started talking about other things as the time of her exam was coming sooner and sooner.
“You are going to pass it my lady! You are! I know how hard you were taking preparation for this exam, you stayed in the girl’s hostel to share your studies for the last few months. You are going to do well, trust me, honey, you will”. We had a great loving conversation, not too deep about studies, just subtle touches here and there, just to boost her confidence but not making her overconfident. Soon it was time for her exam and I took her to the exam hall saying “Good luck, give your full concentration to the exam and be relaxed. I will be waiting just in the hallway waiting room.
As she went to give her exam, I took a seat in the waiting room and started waiting for her. As time went by, I found myself wondering about how far we have come together. Soon it will be 10 years of our marriage anniversary and it still baffles me how quickly things have been happening. 10 years is a long time, but does it feel this long? Not to me at least. It seems it was just yesterday when I asked for her hand for my remaining days. I can still feel the same old vibe inside me, the tension of rejection, the big steps we took together, the troubles we had, the happy times we shared. It was all moving in front my eyes as a slideshow in high speed. After spending 10 years of time together, have I still known her completely? I guess I haven’t. Nobody can I guess. Life has so bends and turns and still brings out new things from you, the hard times, they make one stronger and bringing up new aspects from him/her. I still look at her like the first day, exploring her, feeling her always changing smell, and a different warmth each day, You know it is love when you look at your partner and see your whole life in her eyes. You know after all the hardships, it was worth it. No matter how the outcome is, it was worth it. For me, you will not find a 100% perfect person for you, that’s where teenagers make mistakes. The trick is to find a person you love unconditionally, every day from dawn to dusk, and love the other person despite their imperfectness. Maturity is, to learn to love despite all the troubles you are having, all the imperfectness she or he has. And keep building on that.
“Crinnggg, criiinggg, crrinnngg” the bell rang. It was an indiciation that her exam is finished. I started going towards the hallway. She will be waiting for me.