Monday, December 10, 2007

The Kiss.


May 1995


It is precious,
It is priceless

It makes me secure
It makes me whole

A kiss on the forehead,
Feels so special,
I long for more.


He gave me a kiss every time he said goodbye. It replaced the silent “I love you” that implicitly came with it. There was never a need for words between us. I took it for granted, didn’t realize its worth until I almost lost it.

I still remember the day like yesterday, it was soon after my wedding, and I was bidding farewell to fly back to Boston. He shook my hand, squeezed it and said goodbye. “Where is the kiss?” my eyes questioned, but pride kept me from asking aloud.

“Do I not deserve it anymore? I should’ve asked for it, demanded it, there’s no room for pride between us surely?” But I didn’t. And I regretted the decision instantly, by then it was too late. Three years later, after a very long wait, we got to see each other again. This time I was determined. He is not going to leave before I get a kiss. As he took my hand to bid goodbye, I asked

“Achan*, can I get a kiss like old days? "

Amma* was there; needless to say we were all teary eyed and one of the most precious moments of my life.


It felt precious,
It felt priceless,

Made me secure
Made me whole

A kiss on the forehead
Felt so special and more.
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The incident taught me an important lesson. Never create a moment for regret, life is too short for pride and the negatives. Cherish the moments with your loved ones, else one might have regrets forever. One may not get lucky to make amends all the time!
*I call my Dad, Achan...and mom, Amma*

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32 comments:

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Hi..A first timer here from Aalochane s..glad I am here..//Never create a moment for regret, life is too short for pride and the negatives//
Beautifully phrased words of wisdom..one could almost relate to it..Deep impact
.keep it up
TC
CU

http://blogforth.com said...

Tears caame to my eyes when you got that kiss.
Your post made great images on my mind's screen
http://blogforth.com/2007/12/11/the-moment/

Ps said...

Truly precious moments--kisses from achan and amma.Glad you realise hwo important these are. True--life is short.

Prats said...

The most important thing out here is that there is a realization that there should be no moments of regret...
brought a lump in my throat....could just imagine you out there with the hope in your eyes....

Rambler said...

A kiss on the forehead,
Feels so special,
I long for more.

Such simple moments like these make our life.. certainly made my day,
thanks for sharing UL

Marja said...

Sight, this is so heartfelt, this touching kiss on the forehead. Thanks for these great words

Awareness said...

a wonderful lesson to relearn....never create a moment of regret.

you are so right.

I love this post. beautiful

paisley said...

but what did he suddenly decide not to kiss you anymore??? that i cannot figure out!!!!!

beautiful sentiment beautifully written....

Pauline said...

never create a moment for regret - what good advice!

gautami tripathy said...

Such moments are to be cherished forever.

unconnected moments

Rose Dewy Knickers said...

Excellent advice. Life is too short for regrets.

Rose

xo

Bone said...

What a beautiful post and what a wonderful lesson. It's so easy to take things for granted or to let a moment pass by, yet so senseless.

Preethi said...

Lovely post.. brought tears to my eyes...And truly precious moments these are!!
Final Adieu

paris parfait said...

What a very sweet story and wise words!

Lea said...

What a beautiful string of moments, those kisses, and to realize it, all the more precious...

tumblewords said...

Precious, priceless and heart warming!

Bala said...

A nice sentimental post.

lissa said...

It's true we can't go backward and fix things but here it worked out.

What a sweet moment in time.

Mary Timme said...

Oh you are so right, and in spades!

Jeques said...

What if tomorrow never comes.

Do it now, say it now.

I wish I could have done this, I wish I could have done that.

No regrets just lessons learned.

This piece is a great reminder.

It is very touching, I feel a lump in my throat reading it.

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

Rethabile said...

Inspiring post. Nice.

Chris said...

This was such a wonderful moment. It is beautifully written. I love how you wove the poem into the story. One a personal note -- you're right you should never miss a moment to show someone you love them.

Lucy said...

Ul this was so touching! so heartfelt! I'm so glad you got the chance to ask for the kiss. Your relationshiip with your dad sounds precious. Too often we don't speak our true feelings. what a wonderful reminder you give us. thanks! :)

Herb Urban said...

Beautiful post. Very touching sentiments indeed.

giggles said...

So much wisdom in your beautiful loving sweet words.A joy to visit, so glad you broke through the pride. A gift for both of you!

Peace Giggles

Robin said...

A beautifully crafted way to pass on such an important reminder.

Just Jen said...

That is so sweet! Just beautiful. We need to remember, we're never too grown up!

Carole said...

beautifully expressed. I also wondered why he stopped giving you the kiss. Was it perhaps because you were a married woman and he thought you were too grown up?

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keith hillman said...

A truly tender piece and a joy to read - as your entries always are!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Oh, UL, that's wonderful. So true -- and such a nice twist. I was expecting the kisser to be a boyfriend, a husband. Not Mom and Dad. Yet that's what makes this so special and important. We remember to kiss our spouses. But our parents?

Not so much.

TC said...

I was glad to know that you rectified that mistake... the ending scared me until then :)

I think that too often, we all take people for granted... or at least the things they do. But when you realize what you're missing out on, or what you've lost, making it up is wonderful.

Beautiful post.

Thinking aloud said...

such a cherished moment for sure!!!Ul...this was beautifully phrased!!

***Never create a moment for regret, life is too short for pride and the negatives.*** ilove this...

but isn't it sad that we don't realise it!!!