After our marriage, we moved to Bangalore. We lived there for a little over nine months. I was new to the city and I loved every bit of it - weather, food and the IT crowd. As a newly wedded couple, the only thing we missed was our families, especially on important days. We got married in April and it was our Engagement Anniversary in August. Since we had no close friends and family there, we thought of skipping the celebrations. I remember vividly, it was drizzling in the morning that day and weather was perfect. My husband went to office and half-heartedly we discussed going out for dinner on phone. ‘Let’s just go for dinner at least’, he said. I don’t know what struck me from that phone conversation, but I felt like doing something special for him - nothing fancy, just create a special memory for that day.
With no plans in mind, I took out my wallet and went shopping. I randomly bought balloons to go with the color scheme of our rented apartment, some floating candles from a cute little shop in Indira Nagar and bought a nice yellow bouquet. But, what’s a celebration without a cake? Since it was a last minute idea, there was no time to order the cake. I bought a simple pineapple sheet cake available at a nearby bakery. After shopping, I rushed back home to decorate. When I was done decorating, I realized I didn’t buy any gift for him. It was already 5:30 and there was no time to rush to the Mall. Then, I did what I do best in times of stress - I wrote this poem for him.
Love so gratifying, love so profound,
Love at its height, love, I found.
It was the season, it was May,
Air spoke of love, it was raining every day.
Stars didn’t come, they went out to romance,
Clouds sheltered them, showing their stance.
Morning schemed passion, evening was on fire,
Sensed like everything brimmed with desire.
Should I say or else keep quiet?
For my Man will laugh on my plight.
It happened in summers, I loudly say,
I fell in love on a may day.
When he came home, he was pleasantly surprised and he just smiled and smiled endlessly. I gifted him that bouquet and poem. He was ecstatic, I could see it on his face. Later, we cut the cake, which by the way was yummy and we took a few pictures to capture the celebrations. It is one of the most cherished days of our lives.
Balloons, candles and flowers
Pineapple Sheet Cake for Anniversary
Afterwards, when I shared it with one of my friends, she made a beautiful hand-made frame for the poem, which we kept on our bedside later on. That frame reminds us of our first engagement anniversary after marriage and many happy things associated with it. I simply love it.
Poem displayed on a hand-made frame on right hand side
Life is all about creating moments and enjoying the little things in life. I just did what my heart said - it was nothing big but it just made his day and created a special memory for both of us.