As I sit relaxing in the Bahraini sunshine, enjoying the warmth and soft sea breeze, I can hear my kids’ laughter in the distance as they are playing in the clear blue water, I notice several couples. Man and wife, with their children, enjoying a day out together or perhaps even an entire holiday. They look happy, sometimes very much in love still, strolling on the beach, hand in hand kids at their sides. Often stopping to admire their children playing or swimming, talking amongst themselves, enjoying, and sharing these special moments. Moments they created together the day they decided to start and become that family.
Some couples even grow to look alike whilst others just have the same mannerisms. The one thing they all have in common is that recognisable look of sheer pride and joy between them as they watch their biggest accomplishment ever made.
The music playing through the lunchbar speakers makes it all even more idyllic and I find myself seeing everything through rose coloured glasses. Thinking all these people are as blissfully happy as this holiday scenery is making them seem. Or maybe….they truly are happy. Maybe… some couples go through life happy to have found each other in their distant past. Is this really the case and what makes and keeps them happy?
It seems so rare these days that I can’t help but wonder if only a few lucky souls are allowed to know the secret formula ?!
From what I can see, it has nothing to do with looks, physical appearance, or size. It’s a strong bond and it’s found within a certain glance they share with one another, unreachable to the outsiders naked eye, yet so apparent and soul reaching. A specific glance only known to them, and exchanged between them.
I lay here admiring it. Remembering what it was like and feeling proud to recognize it. Still at times sharing rare moments of it, but never quite the same. Is it possible to experience it more than once in life? Or is this something shared only within that family circle. Would I be prepared to let someone in to such private “territory”. Risking letting down the newly set up “boundaries” to build new ones creating a new and totally different “formation” and “configuration”?!
Seeing the world today through these ‘happy’ glasses, feels good and once again establishes hope of what may one day be found somewhere over the rainbow… for now I’m sharing this feeling without the glance, with me, myself and I …. and my own inner soul. 😉