Roses made her happy. She often filled her bedroom with them. Growing up with movies and books around her, she had believed that roses should be a gift from a lover. Fast forward to her 30s, the same girl had become a woman who didn’t wait to get what she wanted.
Flowers were nice but loving words stayed longer. Chocolate was delicious but the effects were hard to work off. She longed for kindness and affection that nobody could put a price tag on. Her dreams weren't about his gifts. Sometimes she wondered if they defined love too differently. Looking like George Clooney was a quality… Continue reading On Love & Attraction
Her friends told her to play hard to get. "Men don't like women who pursue them," they explained. She was confused. "So I'm supposed to hide my feelings?" Her friends laughed. They told her that nobody liked desperate women. So she sighed. Then she decided to change the topic to shoes and bags - that… Continue reading The Emotional One
He touched her face as if he'd never see it again. She felt his love through the warm palm and fingers. They called out his flight number, prompting him to end the moment. They held each other close for a long minute, promising to stay committed forever. As she was leaving the airport in a… Continue reading Sweet Parting
It had been years. A part of her heart stood untouched. She'd known heartbreak. Each time they came close to her, she found herself comparing them to him. Just when she had written off romance forever, the perfect guy showed up. He even shared her love for cheesecake.
She usually took 15 minutes to get ready. That night, she spent 35. It was her first date in years. She wondered what he'd think of her outfit. Was it too simple? She hoped that he would prefer the minimal make up look. Would he? When she stepped into the restaurant, he was staring nervously… Continue reading The First Date
She ran her fingers through her hair. The long, artistic fingers played a tune against the strands. He was twenty minutes late and she was nervous. She hadn't been on a date in years. "Just be yourself," her friends had advised. "You're beautiful," her mother had said. But she felt like something was wrong with… Continue reading The Date
It was them but they were two different people now. They spoke to each other like semi-strangers. They didn't know the meaning of affection. He called. She liked it. He spoke. She wished he was less cold. He dared to pretend that the past was insignificant. But she knew it had changed who they were.… Continue reading Lovers Reunite
"Can we go visit her today?" Her father said no. "Why? I miss her." Her voice shook. They continued to walk in silence, wanting to scream at each other but unable to. When they stopped to pick up the dry cleaning, she blurted out: You divorced her. I didn't! The dry cleaning guy pretended to… Continue reading Running Errands with Father
Her voice was rarely heard. She could silence the most talkative and the most arrogant with her lack of words. One look of indifference, or a single disapproving stare, could stop nonsense in its tracks. When she walked into a room, there would be only her presence. It amused her when the smart aleck asked… Continue reading Woman of Few Words