Dipping My Toes


On Facebook while I wait for E Vestigio to turn up for our Sunday evening catch-up/gripe/giggle dinner-date. Clearing out pending messages, updated status (blah, I’m running out of exciting things to claim I’m doing) and even looked into Twitter. And now this idle mind turns to mischief. So I use the Friend Finder to look up people I haven’t heard from in awhile (read: ex-crushes). 🙂

One I admit I’ve checked on earlier isn’t showing up anymore. Odd, did his wife realize he was hitting on his ex-girlfriends online? Muhahaha…I certainly hope the water was scalding hot.

The HUMONGOUS crush from school has turned humongous. No kidding, he looks like he’s pushing 50, not 30. Yeurrgh, the receding hairline does nothing for the rather sweet memories one has. Oh err, thank goodness for bad luck in romance back then.

I pause on one particular name, a common one coupled with a generic surname and imagine he’ll be lost in a flood of other namesakes. Oddly enough he’s the third one on the list, head-to-head with a girl in the profile pic. Wife. Smiling. Surprising myself, I smile back. He was nice. And I’m glad he’s happy.

Which made me think…how seriously we take life, the life of the moment only, little realizing how little it could matter a few months or years later. I don’t know if I’m getting mellower with age or whether my memories are just fading but somehow I don’t feel the same intensity for people who were supposed soulmates at one point of time. Hell, I don’t even know where some of them are, less care. Not in a bad way though. If I think about it, I generally hope they’re doing good and are happy.

Peace reigns over the past after time has passed its magic healing touch over everyone. And guess what? Another simile.

Falling in love is like getting into the water. Some people enjoy jumping in splash-dunk. Some have to be dragged in screaming and squirming. Sometimes you just slip or trip and fall in. But really, I think the best way is to just dip your feet in, let the water swirl around your edges and wade around a bit in it. What matter then if the water rises, bit by bit, without a splash, without a chill but in a smooth comforting blanket all around?

I’ve tipped my toes in and I think I’ll just walk about on the beach with wet feet for a bit.

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5 thoughts on “Dipping My Toes

  1. Rakhi November 16, 2008 at 19:55 Reply

    what a winning concluding line!! 🙂

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  2. meetu November 17, 2008 at 06:00 Reply

    what a brilliant, warm simile

    meetus last idea: Dasvidaniya – Review

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  3. anoop November 17, 2008 at 12:42 Reply

    i came in search of the source of the “falling in love…” quote. wonderful!

    -sorry for duplicate comment, but it seems i messed up the prev one-

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  4. IdeaSmith November 20, 2008 at 10:19 Reply

    @ Rakhi, meetu, anoop: Thengyu! 🙂

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  5. Ms Taggart November 28, 2008 at 19:31 Reply

    I have done this too, quite a few times.. and felt a similar feeling..
    I guess, we all grow up at sometime, and give up on those strong feelings, and learn to look at the situation from a third person’s perspective without getting our feeling entangled.. I think thats the way it should be too..

    Btw, awesome lines.. those falling in love ones!

    Ms Taggarts last idea: Once upon a time, I knew a man…

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