What is your definition of true love?

The beginning of golden days…………

Emily and Andrew both same age of 22 years old fell in love for each other during their college days. The most sensual time of our life when we love to feel the emotions of our life profoundly without any strain and too much bother about the past, present and future scenario. Exactly Emily and Andrew also spent their days with lots of vows for their upcoming future but they skip to include one major thing in their promise. Now, what is that significant aspect which we majority skip while giving words to our beloved during those lovable days at the initial of our journey?

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Emily was short and dark with bulky waist and Andrew in his thick high power glasses with the dark complexion, both didn’t so attractive for others. But their looks were always appreciated by each others perspective. Truly said that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” Yes…this is love.

For others they are ugly but for them, they are the most beautiful person in the earth. Like other girls, Emily loves to wear western outfit but the thing is nothing goes perfectly in her bulky short height even if she wore Jeans then its looks quite funny in her 4’8”. That’s why she preferred for eastern outfits with vibrant colors whereas she knew that her dark skin texture not at all goes with those dark shades but for Andrew, she wore those specific bold colors like red, blue, mauve, yellow because Andrew loves to see her in those dark colorful dresses.

While walking on road peoples often used to laugh at them but they didn’t bother ever on anyone’s comments. Yes….this is love, where we both are the compliment to each other forever. Though in the aspect of looks they couldn’t beat others in intelligence, they always stood as number one. Emily and Andrew both ranked in class with 2 or 3 marginal gaps scoring between them which were really appreciatable by professors. Even if anyhow they found that their faculty appreciates to anyone among them then they instantly placed their partner’s performance to them in the sense of highlighting that their partner also equally doing best on that particular subject.

Though in the aspect of looks they couldn’t beat others while in intelligence, they always stood as number one. Emily and Andrew both ranked in class with 2 or 3 marginal gaps scoring between them which were really appreciatable by professors. Even if anyhow they found that their faculty appreciates to anyone among them then they instantly placed their partner’s performance to them in the sense of highlighting that their partner also equally doing best on that particular subject. Yes…this is love, where they liked to share the appreciation also together.

Andrew, the only child of his parents who belongs from a rich family whereas Emily the elder sister among 3 sisters who belongs from a middle-class family. Andrew during earlier days of his college used to dress up like rich guys where he never wore the same t-shirt twice in his life whereas Emily who used to continue the same eastern (Patiala salwar) outfit for 3 or 4 days. For her only two set of clothes was enough for her collage purpose which she washed regularly and wore without ironing the clothes. Her lump sum earning from part time job of tuition aid her in education expense which she never wastes for buying any cosmetics or other girly accessories ever. But Andrew post fell in love with Emily, now continued his same t-shirt for 3 or 4 days (washable only without ironing) exactly like Emily because he doesn’t want to make her feel poor in front of him. Yes….this is love, where to be empathetic about each other matters a lot.

Later few years……………

In this way, there are many aspects where they both gladly accepted opposite’s liking and dislikings without any objection. With time the intensity of their bonding compounded. Later a few years now they both well settled in different MNC.

Like others, Andrew’s parents also have a dream regarding their son’s marriage. Andrew wasn’t so good looking that’s why his mother forever wished for a beautiful bride for him with this hope that their would be grandchild will surely be born with a pretty face.

 Andrew acknowledged his parents about his intense affair with Emily and his hard determination of marrying her. Needless to explain his parent’s reaction..his parents first time felt that their son has enough grown up to take his vital decision of life without bothering about his parent’s emotion and wish. His mother was completely against of this marriage as she wished for a beautiful bride for her only son.

 Andrew’s mother narrated him that Emily neither beautiful nor a compatible match for him but Andrew summarised his mother that “Emily is the most beautiful girl on this earth, who only made for me, so don’t ever go with her physical appearance try to discover the inner beauty within her, the real human being.” Yes….this is love, where physical beauty not matters in the aspect of internal beauty.

There Emily’s parents don’t have any objection regarding this marriage but one thing which they assured to Andrew is that they couldn’t bear the expense of marriage in a grand way nor could provide the dowry to groom’s family. But for Andrew, all those small issues couldn’t pause his aim of getting Emily in his life for forever. So finally they did court marriage with this pledge that their affection and trust towards each other will remain constant for forever.

Their new beginning……………

Andrew and Emily entered in their new journey of marital life where the question arise is would their intense affection towards each other remain same in their coming days?

Post marriage they both now engrossed in their career and responsibility where they didn’t get the time also to share few quality moments with each other. For them, their relationship now reached at the safest verge where it’s not mandatory to spare at least an hour like earlier days. Moreover, for them, they knew each other’s vein thoroughly then why to sit together for indulging each other’s unwillingness and willingness.

They both felt tired after the long working exhausted schedule which declined their enthuse for spending few couple of hours. There Andrew’s mother wasn’t pleased with her daughter-in-law, so she never asked for anything from Emily which was quite embarrassing for Emily as a newly wedded wife. Not even her mother-in-law ever allowed her steps in kitchen work or for any other household work. She told this matter to her husband Andrew but for Andrew, it’s his mother’s affection towards her daughter-in-law. Emily thought might be Andrew was right in his view so she overlooked the matter. Andrew called her mother as Mamma so Emily also called the same to her mother-in-law.

Later 2 months of their marriage now Emily wants seriously few responsibilities of her in-law’s house for which she directly asked her mother-in-law that “why Mamma you don’t give me to do any household work like other mother-in-laws gives to their daughter-in-law?” Her Mamma replied to her “Emily, this is your initial days where you should concentrate on your husband and job, don’t take stress about household work and cooking I’m here to look after after for all those things.”

 There Andrew forever praised his mother for her affection and kindness towards her daughter-in-law. Emily initially ignored that but with passing days she now realized that her mother-in-law didn’t like her daughter-in-law’s interference in their family and that is the reason she never allowed Emily in any household work. Not only that in front of guests she always pretends that her office going daughter-in-law neither care towards her family’s duties nor had the time for cooking or any other household work and that is why she still in her 60s had been continuing all those.

Why such discrimination?…………..

Emily now directly narrated all those issues to her husband but this time Andrew assured her that she wouldn’t ready to accepts his mother’s kindness instead always pointing her because she couldn’t adjust with his mother.

Next day Andrew told his mother directly that she should allow her daughter-in-law for cooking because Emily needs to learn all those as she is the daughter-in-law of their house so let her allowed for all those. His mother replied that as a working woman how could she manage time for cooking but still if Emily insists for that then she doesn’t have any issue.

Emily was very happy as she got the approval for doing cooking first time for her husband and family. But unfortunately, none couldn’t swallow the food making by her as its so tasteless. She narrated them that how she cooked delicious items for her parents before marriage during weekends but now she not understood that how suddenly the same recipe turned so tasteless that not even she swallowed that.

 Not only for a day in fact after every alternate day she messed up their meals by making tasteless food. Finally after a few days now Andrew assured her that better she stay away from his mother’s kitchen because she should first learn cooking from his mother then only she would be allowed to cook further until and unless no need to stepped in at the kitchen. Emily tried to justify herself right but Andrew wasn’t ready to listen her justification for him she asked the opportunity of cooking from his mother but she failed to proof herself eligible for that task.

In this way in many small-small aspects of the household task, she proved her imperfection like the burning of clothes while ironing, misplaced her husband’s important file.

Slowly her mistakes became the cause of their arguments which now with passing days cultivated distance between the couple. For Emily, her soulmate now failed to read her mind and for Andrew now his beloved became irresponsible towards her marital life. Emily realized that something is going wrong but what’s that? As her mother-in-law never talked loud with her nor she ever counts her daughter-in-law’s mistakes. Then who is responsible and how each thing one after another going against her?

The truth revealed…………

There Andrew was enough exhausted of her every day’s justification. Finally, Emily decided to keep on eyes on her mother-in-law’s activities and her suspicion towards her mother-in-law was proved correct. Now she understood the truth behind the screen was something different like whatever work she does whether it’s cooking or ironing or to keep important documents in the locker, her mother-in-law very shrewdly messed up all those so that Emily forever proved as a worthless and careless in front of her husband and all.

Now she summarized everything to Andrew at the closed door, needless to explain the situation that how difficult it’s for a son to gulp all those allegations against his benevolent mother from his beloved wife. So the result was quite common for us that now only wife sustain in the man’s life that beloved term waved off instantly….is it, love? Where the trust and faith are so fragile……

Andrew next day in front of his mother narrated everything which had been blaming by Emily against his mother.

Mamma: I love the utmost to my son, in that aspect his liking and disliking matters for me a lot then how could I think also to give pain to you Emily? When I know it firmly that what’s the importance of yours in my son’s life.

Andrew: Exactly Mamma I also try to make her understand the same thing that my Mamma loves you like her daughter unless she might behave like typical mother-in-law who always one step ahead to treat with their daughter-in-law as their personal maid, whereas my Mamma never ask you for any household work not even for cooking also she never told you anything ever for your often mistakes in many works.

Emily: Yes, it’s true that Mamma never asked me for any household work because she never likes the interference of her daughter-in-law in her family.

Andrew: How so mean is your thoughts against my Mamma, I never thought that one day my Mamma’s over indulgence towards you makes you feel negative towards her kind and affectionate intention.

Emily: Then ask your mother why she messed up my each deed either its cooking or ironing behind my eyes?

Andrew: about to slap her… but his mother held his hand. See.., this is my mother about whom Emily you pointed the finger now she held my hand from slapping you.

 Her mother-in-law’s crocodile tears now melt her son towards her within a fraction of second that he even forget those oath taken by them during their initial golden days of affairs……where to be empathetic about each other matters a lot.

Break up of eternal love……….

Actually Mamma forever wished for a beautiful rich bride for her only adorable son Andrew but when Andrew without bothering about his parent’s acceptance married to his choice able girl then his Mamma planned that only her diplomatic ploys could separate them because she never like Emily as her daughter-in-law since beginning so at any cost she wanted to throw Emily from her son’s life. That’s why she always pretends her kindness and generosity in front of all even in front of Emily also so that none could ever doubt on her any act.

They got separated and the issue finally moved to court for the mutual divorce. During this tenure of separation, they never called up to each other. For both, they never thought that they would be failed to keep their promise of being together for forever in the middle of their journey of life. The day came when they were about to sign the court papers at the bench by witnessing their lawyers and Judicial Magistrate asked to both for their final decision of separation then Andrew asked “Your Honour may I say few words to Emily …my wife?”

 The magistrate granted his permission, now Andrew told to Emily in front of the bench “Emily you remembered our earlier days of the affair when we both had taken many pledges for our upcoming life about our eternal love but with the time that eternity has faded. But among all those vows we have forgotten to take one significant vow and that is we shouldn’t allow any second person in between us who would manipulate our relationship. I taught this biggest lesson from my father who never left my mother’s hand whatever wrong act she did in her life so I realized my biggest mistake of not relying upon your words so would you like to give one more chance to our eternal love?”

Emily with teary eyed acknowledged her acceptance……Yes ……. this is True Love! Where we will prefer to die but never give up…. 

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