I heard this story from an old priest…
As a priest he’s granted by his superior a trip to visit his parents back in the Netherlands. “They’re old, more than eighty years old. With gray hair and old age fragility,” he said. He continued, “It’s really a blessing for me to be able to spend time with my parents until their old age.”
“One day, I saw my father look at my mother affectionately while she descended the stairs… and he said ‘oh, dear Marianne, you look so beautiful today’. That’s love and affection, my dear… when someone can still say you’re beautiful after you lost your youthful beauty, physical and mental strength,” he said softly. He then said, “You know, it’s easy to fall in love with a beautiful, fit and healthy, rich, educated and smart person. But, it’s not easy to keep your affectionate feeling after you experience the other side of a person you love. Look around you… nowadays the word ‘love’ is said a lot and most of the times with some conditions attach to it.”
It really touched my heart deeply. I believe such love and affection do exist but I hardly can find such love and affection nowadays. Kalo cinta palsu, banyak, hehehe…
Today’s living is living with many options and choices that parade in front of us. The options, usually, never satiate our thirst for the best. I bet we’ve been to food court. We go to every stall hoping that we will find something interesting, looks good and yummy, but not too pricey. I’m not alluding that we search for our significant others like we shop for food in the food court though. *smile* Well, I guess you know what I meant.
The other day my sister told us a thing that made her stop and think how blessed she is. She’s in her advance stage of pregnancy – big and protruding belly, darkened skin, some acne on her face, slow steps – and was sweating during house chores… not a pretty sight, and yet while her husband helping her with the chores he said something like this, “Dear, you’re very beautiful.”
I do believe there’s such love and affection, even in the ‘on-the-go’ world like we have now. The most important thing is ‘do we have compassion to say things that make our loved ones feel loved?’