When we were preparing to get married, Denn and I attended pre-wedding counseling; and one of the things our counselors cautioned us, was to always take time for your spouse. Do not forget your spouse even in the hustle and bustle which is life, or children. Because you take vows to your spouse, not your children, and when the children have grown and flown the coop, there leaves an empty nest. Do not forget your spouse in your everyday, lest you can’t recognize the other face left in the empty house.
My parents are leaving town for a week. I think this is the longest (in my memory) that they have travelled together without any one of us going along, or meeting up with them halfway. A week seems like a turnaround trip for most of us, but the truth is, when you having a family business to run, it is almost scary, to be away for so long. Especially when you are handling operations.
In my heart, I am glad. Glad that they have each other. Glad that they are taking time to find romance even at their age. Dad can’t hear very well, mum can’t see very well. Dad refuses to walk for long (bad knee), mum refuses to eat most food (hygiene issues). So this will surely be an adventure in patience and love. I love their loving ways—their crazy addiction to candy crush, their willingness to travel endless miles for food, their “secret” language that no one else in the house understands (malay) when they have a secret. The way dad holds mum’s hand when they cross the street. The way mum makes sure dad has company for dinner when she needs to go out or work late.
Mum & Dad, you were made for each other. Like it or not, in good times or bad times.
Here’s a bible verse, to tide you guys through the trip:
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Mum, two drops of lemon & two drops of thieves daily. Double dose if you feel sick.
Dad, 2 rules.
1) mum is always right.
2) If mum is wrong, refer to rule no. 1.
Be safe, be alert and take care of each other.