Love manifests in a zillion ways in zillion places.
As the firm voice that says “Don’t do it..or else”.
As the pat on your shoulder that says “Atta girl (or boy)”
As the peck of teary kiss that says “Good bye…be back with me soon”.
As the glance of a friend or a lover that only you know and understand.
Let me give you an example of how love manifests under my roof in the least of places.
I hope with this story, I will urge you to notice the love that unfolds in unforeseen places and circumstances.
The times I grew up in, taught me that one never really wastes any resources or dumps stuff away. One makes the most of what one has.
I have had the same kitchen mittens for over a decade. They had worn out and when I pulled something out of the oven, I winced due to the heat.
The boys immediately rushed to my aid.
One got a towel dipped in cold water to wrap around my hand.
One got an ice pack and put it on my hand.
One yelled – “How many times I have asked you to throw those worn mittens out?”
A few months ago, Kumar got a sturdy pair of mittens from Costco and gave me a firm look and even firmer words. “Look. I am dead serious. You are going to start using these mittens when you stick your hand in the oven. I threw away the old ones. They are gone.”
I gave him a sheepish “Yes Sir” look.
I asked him in my sweetest voice possible – “Those mittens. Remember? Those were the ones we picked out long ago. Did you really throw them away?”
He said -“Quit it. I am not going to fall for that melt your heart look. Those old mittens are gone. Start using the new ones.”
Fast forward a few months. I have been using the new mittens and getting used to them.
Yesterday evening, as we started preparing for Thanksgiving get togethers for the upcoming week, I reminded Kumar to take stock that we had enough disposable supplies (plates, spoons, cups etc). He didn’t.. despite my nagging. Disposable supplies are typically stacked away in a tall cupboard that are difficult for me to reach (remember – I have a 5 foot lean and mean form). I had to go find the step stool from the garage, place it underneath the cupboard and lean over the refrigerator to take stock of supplies.
Guess what I found?
Guess where Kumar had put away my old mittens – out of sight…and out of my height 😉
That is right…on top of the refrigerator…below the tall cupboard.
What transpired next…I’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Like I said earlier, love manifests in very simple….yet beautiful ways…like buying you new kitchen mittens and putting away (not throwing them out) your old ones beyond your reach.
Our view of love has been colored by what we are led to believe is love by popular media.
Don’t over romanticize love…because, love is hiding in plain sight…right before you….or, in my case, right above me.
May you find love.
May you give love.
May you get love.
May you revel in love.
May you be love.
To love…my friends.