Over the weekend, we visited Zack’s aunt. After the niceties, we had this conversation.
Aunty : Visha, you have lost weight. You look so thin.
Me : ( I imagine balloons flying all around me, am so happy ) Is it so Aunty, thank you.
Aunty : But whats this, you are looking so dark.
Me : ( All the balloons are punctured and they fall down ) Oh, I did not notice.
As if on cue, Zack cracks a joke. Everyone in the room is laughing. Our eyes meet.
There is a smile playing in his eyes saying take it easy.
Of course, I am cool say my eyes.
Back home, when we were getting ready for sleep…
Zack : ( Hugging me tightly ) My beautiful wife
Me : Your aunt does not think so
Zack : Thats her view, for me you are beautiful
Me : But you always say that
Zack : And it is true
Me : Always?
Zack : Always. Every single day
( Balloons have again started flying around me and I am flying along with them )
I am very average looking, not fair, with dark spots all over my face. I always get a ‘prasad’ from the Sun God when I walk on his land resulting in a tan. Pimples and zits convey their monthly greetings without fail. But all these have not stopped Zack from loving me. Boo to the dark spot, pimples and yeah, the Sun too 😛
As you already know, Zack and I chose each other without meeting each other in person. When I saw his photo, it was all right- he looked decent in his formals. Had a lovely smile and his eyes spoke of sincerity and earnestness. A month later when the emails and phone calls became regular, I got to know more about him as a person. Still, I had not felt that I should see him as I was already in love with him. It was not as if I was marrying a 3 legged or four eyed alien. As long as I knew his heart was in the right place, I was ready to live my life with him.
When I did meet him for the first time, I was pleased to see that he was not very different from the photo which I saw. The same smile and the same honest eyes. Like me, he too had dark spots and acnes. All in all, I was happy that I was marrying this guy.
After a couple of days of the first meeting, I asked Zack what was his thought or reaction on seeing me.
Me : So what did you think when you saw me for the first time?
Zack : You looked prettier in the picture than in real
Me : ( I was dumbstruck, so without thinking I started blabbering ) Oh is it, then how come you accepted the alliance if you did not like me? Be honest, no need to marry me just for the sake of it…blah…blah…blah…
Patiently he let me rant, after I was done, calmly he answered.
Zack : Come on Visha, did I ever mention I did not like you?
Me : ( Racking my brains ) No
Zack : I just said you looked better in the photo
Me : ( In a small voice ) Yes
Zack : I came to see you to present myself , so that my family gets to see you. I had already chosen you Visha even before coming here. When I first saw your photo, you had 2 eyes, 2 ears, a nose and a mouth all at the correct place. Your smile was innocent and I liked the fact that you sent me a casual photo and not a studio clicked photoshopped one. We talked to each other, got to know each other and I liked you. Now I meet you after all these weeks. And I find you the same. When we talked, I liked your boldness and your shyness at the same time. Now you tell me, why would your looks matter for me when I know you have a beautiful mind?
Of course I was speechless for few minutes. Only if someone had seen me that moment, they would have re-defined the term happiness.