Untainted

Love in its purest and untainted form is when you’re with someone simply because you love who they are, not what they can give you.

– Mamello Maitse

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The Giving

I loved you for so long, I didn’t think it was possible to love another…I couldn’t fathom it. But when I did…It was the most beautiful thing – exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Magical.

But even then I couldn’t help but think of you…I thought of how much it hurt loving you and how exquisite that pain was. I compared it to how effortlessly this new love unfolded with every interaction more blissful than the last.

I kept waiting for it to grow dim, but it didn’t.
I kept waiting for it to end but it didnt.
Love grew.

Love grew not because of what I received but because of what I could give!
Oh! The giving!
The giving of self to the one you love…

It is the beauty of this exchange that faded the scars that were once so deeply imprinted on my heart. I can no longer remember the pain. Now all you are is a reminder of what love shouldn’t be.

– Mamello Maitse

Sibling love

It was an evening much like any other as my 14 year old self lay nestled in between my brother (23) and sister (26). We were lying on the bed in silence staring at the ceiling when my phone beeped for an incoming message. I stood up to reach for the phone and attend to a text which read:

” Put your left hand on your right shoulder and your right hand on your left shoulder and squeeze tightly. That’s a hug from me to you to say goodnight!”

This was the first text I had ever received from my crush, who happened to be a senior at my school – so it was a pretty big deal! I fought so hard to hide the smile plastered on my face as I lay back down between my siblings but it was an epic fail! I must have zoned out for a sec because I didn’t even notice them pitched up on their elbows hovering over my face! By the time I realized they were staring at me we burst into laughter and I obviously had to spill the beans.

They started teasing, I was annoyed and wanted them to stop. But amid the banter and laughter my heart was smiling – I felt pure joy.

I felt loved.