Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Three Decades and Counting...

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, 
today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
- Bil Keane

With all due respect to Bil, at this juncture in my life; 
I do tend to reflect upon all of my yesterdays even though they are history.
In particular the yesterday of the 18th of April 1987.
It was a Saturday and Google tells me that Ronald Reagan was President,
 'Withnail & I' was the most viewed movies released in 1987 (not seen it yet); 
and the hit song in the US people listened to (perhaps coincidentally enough) 
was 'I Knew You Were Waiting For Me' by Aretha Franklin. 

However on that day, all those things were not on my mind.
All I was concerned about was how I'm going to get through the day without looking silly 
and not having to recite the marriage vows more then 5 times.
After nervously reciting the vows to myself to ensure I got it right, 
I waited for the time to go over to your house to begin our life together. 
I don't remember the details much as it was pretty much a blur. 
But I do remember that there was a lot of relatives (yours and mine) and friends (yours and mine), 
that was there to help celebrate the day.
As I sat in the centre of your living room, all eyes on me, 
with the Qadi and your Father in front of me; 
I look around at my Father and and my Uncles, took a deep breath and recite the vows. 
I thought it was pitch perfect but I think they just wanted to make me do it again, 
and this time I did falter but the third time was the charm and I finally manage to do it.
At this point, it struck me that we have now made a commitment to each other.
A commitment to love and take care of each other.

As I stood to walk over to where you sat with your Grandmother; 
I held out my hands to you and you embraced it 
and I was as happy as a man could be and I hope you felt the same.

So as I reflect the Yesterday 30 years ago; I realised I am indeed blessed;
And all my Todays will indeed be a Present with you by my side;
And if Tomorrow is a mystery; 
then let it be a remarkable and exciting journey we will take together...

Yours forever,

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