She sat down under the huge banyan tree. It was at the very edge of the cliff. Sitting under that tree you could see the entire valley spread out like a painting in front of you.
She loved coming here. It was their spot. He had brought her here on their first date. She had found it odd when he told her that they were going away from the city for their first date. Usually people chose a nice restaurant or a coffee place.
But the moment she laid her eyes on this place, she knew that no other place could have created the magic that this place did. They sat there for hours, talking away on random stuff.
He had a brilliant sense of humor. Though he looked like a serious type person, he was a lot more fun to talk to.
They started dating and both got on like a house on fire.
She was the non emotional type. Fun, bubbly and never actually getting serious in life or in relationships. He was the complete opposite. Serious and nerdy. He never made many friends and preferred to stay alone.
Both of them in the very beginning of their relationship understood that each wanted different things from each other. He was in for the long haul. Falling more and more in love with her with every passing day. She on the other hand was just casually dating.
She tried explaining it to him innumerable times that she was phobic to commitment and would probably never commit for life. But he always just smiled and changed the topic.
Nevertheless they were together. Like chalk and cheese they were completely opposite. And this was probably the reason they went along so well. They filled each other’s gaps and completed the picture together.
She slowly started getting him out of his shell and his influence made her more practical and patient.
They were the perfect examples of the theory which says opposites attract. And eventually she too fell in love with him.
Sitting under that tree today, she remembered the day he was to come to her place and ask her father for her hand in marriage.
She had barely slept last night and she impatiently walked up and down the hallway waiting for him.
She ran towards the door when she heard a car pulling into her driveway. Her dad welcomed them home and within the next 6 months they were married.
Together they built a marriage which lasted nearly five decades. She loved him with all her heart and laughed at herself, thinking how childish her thoughts on commitment had been.
He was there with her through every up and down and they together sailed their ship through the sea of life.
She was lost in her memories when she heard somebody call out to her from behind.
“Grandma, come let’s play!”
It was their 2 year old grandchild. She smiled at him. He has his grandfather’s eyes.
She took out a single red rose from her bag and laid it under the tree. It was his favorite flower. He often bought bouquets of fragrant crimson roses for her.
It has been 7 years since he left them for his heavenly abode, and every year, this day she comes here and relives that first date. The fateful day when she met her soul mate.