A Spark of Faith, Hope and Love : 1st Part
Nat and Rossel's Love Story
“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you,
or if it was the second or third or fourth.
But I remember the first moment I looked at you,
walking towards me and realized that somehow,
the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
In my experience with commitments (or a few thereof), I have never come to believe that “Love at First Sight” encounters last until I learned the story of this couple who kicked-off their relationship in that graceful manner. Most people get scared along the way to even pursue and begin what that persistent “instant spark” has kept their hearts throbbing for.
RISKS. I guess, the most beautiful of all Hollywood love stories that we have fallen in love to, have never actually begun in reality because no one took the risk, broke the ice and flew from the moon and back just to prove that this love is so much worth it. It’s absurd when people get complacent and passive into just watching a romantic telenovela, instead of creating their own – though not as grandiose or as dramatic as the usual teleseryes but at least REAL love stories which are noteworthy to tell over and over again. As a result, the “instant spark” has transformed into an unwelcoming “flirtationship” which aside from consuming much of their time, it has not been lucky enough to blossom into a “REAL-ationship”.
Why would people rather choose not to take risks? Perhaps, it is because that “instant spark” can easily, swiftly and fully consume one’s emotion that it allows him to be confronted with responsibilities of loving another person aside from himself. For most people, this can be truly frightening and terrible but NOT WITH THIS COUPLE I am getting more and more fond of every single day.
And yes, THIS is their beautiful love story…
“… that day seemed to be just another ordinary day. A list of things-to-do just kept running in my head as I was already planning which task to do first and what should come after it. Until the elevator opened…
and my eyes got locked inescapably at HIM who was walking towards me…
In a fraction of a second, I felt that my whole world stopped and the warmth of his presence, seemed to be my momentary fortress. It made me feel calm yet my heart seemed to take off a marathon as it was beating fast but steadily, when we moved from one floor to the other.
I wishfully and silently uttered the words, ‘He’s cute! I want him to marry me. I want him to be my husband’.
Those words left my lips so fast and it came to me as a sheer surprise. Never have I said those words to any man on a first meeting in my entire life, yet I felt I was too bedazzled by his mere presence.
I almost overlooked that his friends were laughing at each other’s jokes and that, the elevator was trembling in joyous laughter of humor-driven lads. I was trying to get his attention but he hardly noticed me at all. It came too soon when the elevator swung open.
Despite my overt show of seeking his attention and my keen curiosity, I was left with a puzzle of who HE is?”
Rossel Guerero narrates to me how she met him and how she experienced that “instant spark” that started to flicker – in an unexpected time of an ordinary day. She is giddily thrilled and blushingly smiling as she brought to mind all these memories as though, it just happened yesterday and not eight long years ago.
Looking at her, she is beaming with an aura that, through all those years – that “instant spark” has grown to become a steady flame that continues to burn up - not burn out, in love amids their struggles and hardships.
“Although that moment has given me a good cheer, it was a lot surreal for me. I got worrisome because I was so uncertain if we would be able to meet again. I did pray fervently that we could meet again. Despite those mixed emotions I was feeling at that time, that encounter boosted my energy – like I have drank two Starbucks Tall Caramel Machiatto in one sitting. Kidding aside, I was revitalized for the rest of my duty hours.”
One of the many things that is glaring about Rossel is that when she wants something, she always settle things she cannot control into a prayer. She is not contented of just wishing it all away but rather, seeking solace from God that in some way, their paths would cross again. SECOND MEETINGS? You bet. Her steadfast belief has led her to a favorable result.
Do you believe in Love at First Sight?
© 2014 Angelica Ebarvia Hementera