A simple gesture
I somewhere read that cooking a meal for someone you love is a way of showing your appreciation & love towards them. The idea somehow seemed foolish and absurd to me. I just couldn't get it how preparing something as simple as a meal could be a way of expressing love & gratitude. I immediately dismissed that I would never spend my hours in the kitchen just to please someone when I could do it in so many other ways. But surely karma has a way of getting back!
Two days ago it so happened that my guy called me up saying he was coming over & suddenly out of nowhere the desire to do something out of the norm, to do something special for him took over me! And within few mins I found myself ransacking the kitchen plus my brain for anything..anything at all that I could make. And boy it was all chaos! Having no experience at all in the cooking field, it felt like facing a battle without any arms or ammunition.And When I say "no experience", I mean I can't cook even if it was a matter of life and death. But I refused to give in without a fight. I decided I would make 'Chinese spicy noodles' something I had seen my sister in law prepare. Having confirmed the spices and mixes I had chosen wouldn't result in constipation or diarhea, I set to my mission. After half an hour or so of stirring, adding and cooking, the Noodles were finally prepared. Since I had been afraid to taste them beforehand for the fear of them being a complete disaster, I held my breath and watched my guy as he took his first bite searching for any sign that would confirm my nightmare. But since none came I asked him point blank as to how bad it was & the words that came out of his mouth were "Mast hai"(Its Yummy!). Unable to believe it, I tasted them myself and they were...well they were unbelievably good!
Feeling satisfied with myself I watched him as he finished it. In that moment of satisfaction, I realised why people love to cook for the one's they love. Its because making something for the person you love and watching them enjoy it, brings such happiness and joy just the way watching him gave me immense pleasure satisfying my heart. As for my guy, kudos to him for being brave enough for tasting and trusting my cooking abilities without a single question. If I were him I would've bolted right out of the door. And since he has shown me yet again by his simple gesture that he trusts me and would stand by me whether its my cooking or something else, I have decided I would actually learn it the right way so that the next time I prepare a meal for him, its not out of experiment!
© Copyright Hajira Ehsan 2012
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