And finally..post 5 of 5 for today…
We were ushered to the dining room where there was an array of delicious and very fancy savouries, cakes and desserts….
Aunty faati:”come now…no need to be shy..please make yourself at home and enjoy”
Mummy:”really faati, you didn’t have to go so out of your way to prepare all this…tomorrows still the walima and that also is another story of work for you people…”
Aunty F:”don’t be silly…we just have never seen aqeel this happy before in his life…he may have been married before, but that smile you see on his face(pointing to aqeel)…we’ve never seen it before….my son seems genuinely happy and why not thank the people that made this possible for him”
Aqeel:”ok ma…enough with the long bayaans now(putting his hand up) otherwise you going to chase them away..”
They seemed like a really close knit, warm family…and in no time I was chatting away and laughing along with everyone aswel….
Mummy:”maaf, excuse us..its getting quite late and you people have enough work on your hands tomorrow….we should get going(standing up)”
Aunty F:”no no…sit…you hardly even touched anything on this table”
Mummy:”we did..jazakallah..everything was lovely..we’ll see you people tomorrow inshallah”
Aqeel and I got up to escort mum and dad and whoever was leaving out…I felt a few tears again running down but this time I could control it..
Mummy:”look after my child ok…(Sniff)”
Aqeel:”don’t worry mummy…she’s in very good hands now”
Aqeel put his arm around me and hugged me..
We greeted them and they left along with all my cousins..
Fay:”we’ll be back now ok….just going to drop the kids off so they can get to bed, they’re quite exhausted…will you be ok?”
Aqeel:”what do you mean ‘will she be ok’? Ofcourse she’ll be ok….she doesn’t need you anymore…:p”
Aqeel was standing behind me and had his arms around my waist from the back….he hugged me tight…
Fay:”oh please(rolling eyes)..she’ll always need me….I’m her sister long before you came about mister”
Me:”you don’t have to come back fay..its extremely late and you shouldn’t be running around so much…I’m really worried about you..you were given strict instructions not to overwork yourself”
Aqeel:”see? I told you she doesn’t need you anymore..but she’s too sweet to tell it to you straight out..:p”
We all chuckled…
Fay:”I have to be there for you…we’ll drop you guys off and then I’ll go home to rest….tomorrows no work for us…(Wink)..we’ll just enjoy the walima…we got away easy with no hectic wedding and all that…”
We watched fay and them go and aqeel and I were still standing outside..alone…finally….some alone time…
aqeel turned me to face him and still had his arms around me…
Aqeel:”you okay sweetheart? You tired? should we go?”
Me:”I’m ok…we’ll wait for fay and ismail and then we can leave..I am abit exhausted…but shame, all these people took out so much of their time for us..(Pause)…err by the way…where are we going to?”
Aqeel:(small laugh)…”You don’t expect to spend your first night in this place now do you?(Sarcastic)..”
Me:”I wouldn’t mind..its a lovely house…(Pause)…so then?where to?”
You could hear the despondency in my voice..
I was hoping to rather stay here…I don’t believe that a first night should be spent in a hotel room…I feel that this night is so blessed..it should be spent in the place you’re going to be living in….so that the barakah can start from the very beginning….
But ofcourse we were not in any kind of contact for me to have discussed any of this with him..but I was hoping fay passed the message on…
(Sigh)Agh..forget it..I’m not going to spoil my wedding day worrying about where I’m going to spend it…wherever it is, its with my husband…and it shouldn’t matter..Allah knows my intentions….and inshallah he’ll still put barakah in my life….
Ok everyone…that’s it!!!!!aaaah no more 5 posts….my brain is dead…next post will inshallah be some time tomorrow….remember me in your duas and have an awesome sleep tonight…
Hug your spouses and tell them how much you love and appreciate them
And to those who aren’t married..may Allah grant you all partners who will love, cherish, appreciate and understand you always….ameen!