When I was a young lad, I fell in love with a girl and have remained besotted with her since then. Even to this day, even though I am more than fifty years old.
Luckily for me, she is my wife.
This is how we got married.
When I was in my final year of school, I fell in love with Mumtaz (name changed) She was a distant relative and I was bumping into her at many family gatherings. My efforts to make her take notice of me proved futile.
Once in a fit of bravado, I asked her to loan me a dress to wear for a fancy-dress competition in school. Needless to say, I won the event. I was all agog with happiness. But it was short lived, as I heard that Mumtaz had given away that beautiful new dress to a maid, as she did not want to own a dress that had been worn by me.
It broke my heart and I thought she hated me. I kept far away from her as possible.
Years passed by. Mumtaz’s father was looking out for a groom for her. My mom even told me that they had short- listed three boys and I was not one of them.
Mumtaz’s family owned a resort close to our home town and we were in the habit of spending a day or two there on vacation.
During that hot summer, Mumtaz and her family, including many of her cousins stayed in the resort. Mumtaz was an excellent swimmer and much to many prim and proper old ladies’ chagrin she would don a swimming costume and swim with her cousins, both boys and girls.
The next day, I landed up with my group and walked to the pool.
Mumtaz’s dad was calling her to come into the pool. But she was giving me surreptitious looks, blushing pink and was hesitant to get into her swimming clothes.
Her father, a man who minced no words asked her brusquely:
“Are you feeling shy to get into the pool, because THAT GUY is here?”
Hearing me being addressed as ‘THAT GUY,’ I took offence and walked away.
The next day, it seemed I was transported to the seventh heaven. A proposal of marriage was brought from Mumtaz’s house for me. Our family never expected that.
Things moved pretty fast after that and we were married soon.
When I asked my beautiful wife on my wedding night, how this came about she told me shyly:
She had always been in love with me. But was not sure about my feelings for her. Her father had come to her rescue. Seeing her blush on my arrival at the pool, and her reluctance to don a swimming costume and get into the pool with me, the great man had put two and two together and arrived at a decision.
The next day, he had called his daughter to him and said:
“I have four boys in mind as prospective grooms for you. But I personally like the fourth boy. But your choice is final.”
He had mentioned three boys whom he had short listed earlier and the fourth name he said was MINE!
My darling wife, like a true daddy’s girl, hiding her elation, had blushed and said:
“Whom ever you like daddy. Your wish is my mine.”
That is how we got married.
Two children and three grand children later, my wife has just one grouse against me.
I presented her with a skipping rope soon after our engagement. She was expecting something more romantic.
I justify myself by saying,
” I was an athlete and Mumtaz was on the fatter side… come on folks …I was a simple innocent guy… what do I know about gifting?… All I knew was that I loved her and would love her for ever.”
P.S: Mumtaz lost a lot of weight before her wedding and after that has remained svelte and trim always.
Image By Kidaha From Pixabay
Image By Tarishart from Pixabay