A Vow of Love and Friendship

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

It is not lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

As fate would have it, the course of my love life suddenly went off on a tangent and collided with your journey’s curve at a precise time. That very moment, when my path unexpectedly touches with yours, was meant to be our point of tangency – our inflection point.

It was no coincidence. We were destined to meet.

“Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

That was our vow of consent, the act of will by which we give ourselves to each other, during our solemn wedding ceremony in December.

It seemed like yesterday. But, no! It has been twenty-six momentous years of highs and lows, a seemingly roller coaster moment of joy-disappointment-happiness-sorrow, that we shared with our four children.

Coupled with prayers, it is friendship, I believe, that has kept our love alive all these years.

It was friendship that kept us stronger when the honeymoon stage dimly faded and when our hearts seemed to have forgotten the fiery embers of romance. When our personal spaces seemed overwhelming, due to money or lack thereof, friendship helped us overcome our shortcomings and seemingly unending flaws. When parenting woes kept us awake until the early morning dawn, it was our friendship that made us held on to each other until both of our sobs died down.

And this gold ring explicitly portrays what words can’t.

Unadorned but timeless, this gold ring reminds us of a hope and a prayer that our love will be without end. It is an aide-mémoire of the vow that we made to each other and of the promise that God has made to the both of us.

Happy 26th anniversary of love and friendship, my dear Maxim! I thank God for the gift of inflection points.

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Happy New Year

Photo by Marites Avisado-Responte

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

by Marites Avisado-Responte

I made an effort to let go and keep things in 2014.
Did I fail or succeed?
Who could tell?
Did I fall short on anyone’s expectations?
I’m sorry.
Who’s to blame?
No one.
Either the circumstances or the people
were intentionally involved .
They come for a reason. To prune and let me grow.
I looked back how did 2014 shape me.
I traced back how did I gather forces to keep myself going.
I realize my weakness teaches me to choose better decisions.
My strength gives me courage to crop out grainy backgrounds.
The hurts and happiness are probably painted differently.
But they are just adjacent rooms.
I may sit or lie down there for a while in varied reactions.
But no regrets at all.
Anyway, the blue and red always blend in harmony.
The 2015 is here to come.
Few minutes left to say goodbye to 2014.
The pages of days and months unfold endlessly.
So goes my way to lead a life continuously.


10452362_10203859382100554_5781705630971545966_nMarites Avisado-Responte, fondly called Ites, is a dear friend who loves to write poems. She will be a regular contributor to the Poetry section of The Inflection Point.