We have been married for two years now and today is the day we decided to marry. Life is completely changed now. When we were in relationship we enjoyed each and every phase of happiness and sadness with equal zeal. Now even when we get upset with each other nobody bothers to take the initiative to make things correct again. Things go on like that for some time and eventually when we get tired of that silence we start behaving usual.
Even after those uncountable clashes and disagreements we still find each other standing behind each other when we need someone most. May be we have become a little more busier to earn that livelihood in these busy lanes of commercialism.
A month ago, my phone rang and it was my friend Stepheni who I hadn’t met for the last 5 years. We were together in collage and spent some of the best years of our life together. After talking to her, I realised that she was still single and has achieved a lot carrier wise. Though, she was in a relationship she was not bound by any commitments and they were happy keeping it that way.
I do work in a multinational but I have never been too active publicly. May be because I was too busy with my commitments before marriage and after marriage I have got more busier. Now I have two families to look after and double the number of people. I never see it as a burden cause I never feel it that way. Their smile and happiness is all that matters to me.
When Stepheni called, we decided to meet. I was awestruck when I first saw her entering the restaurant. She was in a much better shape now and was definitely wearing some designers creation. I was wearing usual kurti with my favourite jeans. Though I like wearing brands but I am not too finicky about clothes. I usually get ready in less than 5 minutes. And we went on talking non stop for next 2 hours and we didn’t realise until a waiter appeared before us with bill.
We told each other how things have changed and how we are a different person altogether. Stepheni has become more outgoing and I usually go out with my husband and my family most of the times. I do go to office parties but apart from that I hardly attend any without my family and close friends. She and her boyfriend both live in different cities and travel a lot. They meet after months and they like having their piece of fun and freedom in all aspects of life. Me and David had our freedom during our courtship period but we never cheated on each other. May be we had no time for all that stuff or that thought never crossed our mind.
She kept on telling me how common extra marital affairs have become these days. People go out guilt free and have the best time of their life and go back home to their families after having fun with that other person. She asked me if I or my husband ever tried that. I was like speechless since this topic never cropped up among us ever. Though David goes to his office parties and comes back in the wee hours. But I never felt like doubting his integrity or love. I never felt like doing that. I came back home that day and forgot about this useless topic.
When I reached home, David was already home from work and was very tired and slept instantly. He didn’t eat dinner that night. Next morning, he told me that he went out for dinner with his colleagues. Then we started with our usual routines. Next day when David came back home, he was seeming tired again. When I asked the reason, he told me it was because of work overload. I didn’t react went busy with my chores. He was busy on his phone till the wee hours of the morning. I didn’t bother as he has a lot of friends and he used to be an avid footballer. So he usually keeps a track of all the updates.
Next day, I didn’t go to office as I was not feeling well. Mom called David in the evening and told him not to get late as I had temperature and I would be better if he will be around. He texted me at 10:30 that he will be late due to work commitments. Next day when I woke up he had already left. He left a note for me stating that he is sorry and will try to come home early today. This day was too long and I was trying to suppress thoughts of anger cause this happened after a long time when I needed him around and he was not there. I felt that he has changed as a person. He again came late that night and I bombarded with questions once he entered the room. He told me that one of his team-mates mother is in ICU so he is working extra hours to complete her projects, when I said how you are fulfilling your personal commitments. He got angry and told me that she had a more serious issue which required his attention. I started crying and he tried to console me but when I didn’t stop, he turned around and slept.
Next morning when I woke up, he was not in the room. I thought he left early for office. But his phone was still there on the bed side. Numerous thoughts crossed my mind last night about how things have changed between us and how he has changed as person. He no more cares for me the way he used to before. Then his phone rang, I usually never pick up his phone but that day I was more than eager to do that. There was a lady on the other side. She recognised that I am David’s better half and told me that she wanted to thank him and more than him she wanted to thank me that when he should have given that time to me he was working extra hours to help her so that she can be with her mother in the hospital. She told me she doesn’t have a brother but she would always like to have a brother like David.
I had tears in my eyes. I went straight to the kitchen and started making preparations for David’s favourite cake. I forgot to ask mom where is he and forgot to even call his office number to check if he has reached office or not. I decided once I complete the cake I will call him. Then when I was about to place the cake in the baking tray he came from behind and hold me tightly. He placed two tickets to Kerala on the kitchen shelf and and said that for your birthday next week I have made all the preparations. So for that, we will go to Kerala and celebrate your birthday there. I had tears in my eyes and I turned around and hold him tightly.
May be there are people who don’t believe in committing in a relationship but there are people who belong to the old school and still believe in the institution of marriage and enjoy each and every bit of that togetherness without letting the charm fade off with time. I am fortunate that we belong to that gang. I believe as the relationships become seasoned, that fondness makes way for more understanding.