This wasn't going to be like any other ride I had taken in my life.
I booked a cab to a not so far place and found an old man picking me up . Looking at the way he was dressed I could tell that he was an intellectual man, proven all the more right when he started speaking.
There was some sort of pain in his eyes. So much so, that the first words he uttered were about his wife. He loved her so much. I could tell from the way he spoke about her charm and compassion. She was the most attractive woman, he said. She was loved by everyone - a very nice woman. It had been two years since she left his side and life seemed worthless to him now. He was living just because he had no choice. In the most beautiful yet painful words he explained the importance of a companion to me. I could feel his pain and only wished for him to be happy and conveyed the same to him. That's when he looked at me from the rear mirror and said," Being happy makes me miss her even more." That very moment I felt something snap inside me. How could he love her so much? I wanted to be a part of this pain he had, in whatever way I could possibly be. But before I could say anything comforting, we reached the destination. I didn't leave. Letting him get those emotions out, I sat there for quite some time before finally getting off the car with teary eyes. I froze it seems. I have never been so compelled to write. So I took out my phone and started writing.
Some conversations just leave an everlasting impact on your soul. This was one for me. See, this is the kind of love I want people to have for one another. All he wished was her to be there with him. His being so sad isn't something I encourage, but do you feel the love he has for her? It's so pure. It's so comforting. It's freed me emotionally somehow. Just writing about this encounter gets the tears rolling down my cheeks.
I only wish he would live as happily as he could because that's what she would have wanted. I only wish for him to keep loving her the way he does. Ahhh! I only wish the ride was longer. I so wish... 🌹