She woke up and looked outside the window to catch a glimpse of the rising sun. She checked the time- 6 am. She was putting on her jogging shoes when her eyes got stuck at a date circled with red on the calendar. “God! The day has come near so fast.” She thought. After that she head out with a smile on her face.
She took the usual route, the road around the lake and across the park. After jogging for almost an hour, she stopped near a wooden bench. An old man was reading newspaper.
“Is this seat taken?” She asked politely.
“Not at all dear!” He replied after stealing a glance. He was in his sixties, retired and with a head full of grey hair. He was dressed in a brown coat with matching pants and kept an old umbrella beside him.
“I see you here every single day.” She looked at his calm face.
“This used to be our spot. She is no more but I keep coming here every morning just to reminisce about the old times.” He answered with a tinge of sadness.
“I would love to hear about her if you don’t mind.”
“Not at all. I must say, you remind me of her.” He replied adjusting his spectacles. She blushed after hearing his last sentence.
“We met in the most unusual way and at the most unexpected time. I was running some errand when I saw her for the first time in this very place reading my favorite book. We started talking and soon became very good friends. She loved sunrises and butterflies. In no time our friendship turned into love and I confessed about my feelings one rainy afternoon. She had kissed me under the umbrella.” He laughed and patted the handle of his umbrella.
“Soon we got married and she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. But our happy days were short lived and she passed away after a year.” His eyes grew misty. Tears welled up in her eyes too.
“My angel never gave me any trouble. She was a God sent child. She has grown into a fine lady and she is getting married tomorrow.” His face brightened up. “I just pray to God that she gets all the happiness in the world.”
“She will. I am pretty sure!” She came near him.
“I just want her to spread her wings and fly away like a butterfly.” He looked at the sky with dreamy eyes.
“I am sure she will miss you a lot. She is very lucky to have a father like you” She held his frail hand and smiled.
He took out an old book from his coat pocket and put it in her hand.
“I want you to keep it safe for me. It belonged to my sweetheart.”
“I will. I surely will.” She hugged the old man and started crying like a child.
“I love you dad. I love you so much.”