Part 81- Its the Unexpected that Changes our Lives

Remember when we were younger and we used to play this game…baby steps, giant steps, umbrellas and banana slides?Isn’t it a wonder that our walk of life also follows the same pattern?

Sometimes we have to take giant steps forward after one too many slides and sometimes we have to turn around and take baby steps backwards…

Very few can say that their lives have been completely “orderly” and have never had to face a sliding season ever…my life too took such turns…

After a series of slides…He was okay…he was happy and healthy and he was right next to me. I had shut the door on the face of the hopes I had nurtured for years in my heart…and threw away the key.

If it didn’t happen…it just didn’t happen and I had more to be grateful for after standing a great chance of losing something so precious.

I moved on. I let go.

There were many unanswered questions but for now maybe, just maybe..I didn’t need to know those answers for I wasn’t sure that I could handle the pain that would come with it if those answers were no. And I didn’t think that it would be a good idea to open old wounds that were long healed.

After a roller coaster slide that didn’t seem to want to end…and a long road to acceptance.. I felt as though I had finally found my footing. I was absorbed into my work, spending time with my friends and just taking each day as it came

But still, there was something missing…a void in the depths of my heart where the silent cry of emptiness echoed throughout my soul.

Like a lone red rose on an icy mountain that never withers , like a drop of water under a scorching desert sun that never dries, waiting for something,waiting for a reason,.. a reason for waiting…a reason we could perhaps credit to life, love or destiny.

And after two years of baby steps I found myself twirling around and taking giant steps forward…but this time I wasn’t taking those steps alone…someone was holding my hand and taking those steps with me…taking those giant leaps with me…into something I didn’t know and hadn’t felt before. For the first time ever, I experienced the feeling of truly being free…for the first time ever I felt the urge to leave the past in the past and perhaps where it belonged. And even though I knew that for now I could never really leave it behind but I knew in my heart that the grip of this hand holding mine was so strong, it could carry both me and my past together..

How does one trust someone you don’t have a history with so much that you are willing to let them be your safety net? A safety net of trust and maybe even love… What is the guarantee that when you do fall,that, that safety net is not going to get pulled away?

But that’s just the thing- you don’t know…but all your heart wants to do is fall, fall and fall further…and hope upon hope that your safety net will be there…and I knew that I had just started falling…

And I knew that he was falling with me too….an unfamiliar feeling swept through me as I turned to look at him…as he carefully chose the flowers for Arshad’s big surprise..

Zoheb: and we are good to go madame!

I was sitting on the table at this quaint little florist in the heart of Cape Town, watching Zoheb do what was supposed to be my job until I saw how good his selection of flowers were..ℓ☺ℓ..and I couldn’t help but smile.

Zoheb: I hope that smile is for me (smiling his killer dimpled smile)

Me: you wish!

Zoheb: okay okay…you don’t have to admit it ( and he signed the order note and wrote down the address)

I jumped off the table and stood next to him.

Me: are we going home now? ( All of us referred to our holiday home as home-for now)

Zoheb: (with a side smile and a slightly raised eyebrow) we don’t have to if you don’t want to…

O God! I felt everything inside me do a “happy dance” but why????

Me: do you want to?

Zoheb: (almost laughing) do you want to?

By now I was biting my lip trying to suppress a smile and a laugh and I didn’t know how to reply!

Zoheb: ( also trying to hold back his dimpled smile) ermmmmm

And both of us just started laughing…okay it was a laugh but like an embarassed-caught-off-guard kind of laugh that made me go red in the face.

Zoheb: Would you do me the honour of going out to lunch with me please?


Me: are you asking me out on a date Mr. Patel?

Zoheb: if I said yes…what would you say?

Me: (omg! ) Hmmm I’d say…maybe

Zoheb: then its a maybe I’m willing to bet my life on (and he smiled that smile again…oh gosh)

And he extended his hand towards me…giant steps or baby steps…giant steps or baby steps…questions questions…I closed my eyes…and made a decision I hoped that I would never regret…as I put my hand in his and took a baby step forward into what would be…the journey of a lifetime….


47 thoughts on “Part 81- Its the Unexpected that Changes our Lives

  1. Oh noooooo. But jus hav a gut feeling she,s gona end up with Zoheb….I guess we Will jus hav 2 accept it all us Nemo fans. “Cryin face”. Cute post tho anyway.


  2. Flip flop flip flop!!!!! Oooh u just made my nyt. I’m gona have a really good sleep. I’m so happy my tummy has butterflies. I love u sooo much 4 dis post. Zoheb n Aarah all the way .muwah… …ƗƗɐƗƗɐ…


  3. *SWOON*


    But hey, I’m not fussy 😛


  4. Sooooo happy its zoheb and not nemo.get nemo someone cute though. Just that it would be so wierd if you put nemo and aara together coz they grew up together!


  5. No No No Noooo!!! this is not supposed to happennnnnn! as I was reading, my heart was sinking n I was hoping it’s not What I thought it was…unfortunately it was…booohoooo =(
    (Oh well, one can always hope he messes up lol)


  6. As much as I luv nemo,,,n I hate to say this! Buttt….Zoheb does seem to b d ‘1’ for Aara…ds ws beautiful! Tnk u Authoress :)*roses*


  7. NoOooo hw can this be happenin !!!!*sob sob* this is da most depressin post eva.. BooOoo Zoheb!! (I hpe ur date gets messed up) lol.


  8. This post was sooo mature
    Like thy just about ready to
    take vows **wink** “I L♥√ع u forever”
    Aara has thought of her feelings thoroughly. Way do go sister! U looked @ ur past and now seeing ur future. Follow ur heart!!

    Zoheib so confident, will neva let u down….. He’s a gem… If a man knows how to choose flowers. He’ll always bring u flowers…..
    # Aara&Zoheib 🙂 🙂 🙂


  9. Nooooooo this can’t be 😥
    Nemo n Aara belong together… Best friends make the best partners for life… True story 🙂


  10. I think I’m done with readin LLD, rather not hav my heart broken.. So b4 we get to the end I,ll jus mk my own happy endin, “wink” ( yaa rite I wish, thing is I’m so addicted even if I wan2 stop following the blog I kno it won’t happen)


  11. wat a beutiful post…i simply loved the opening paragraphs…baby steps,giant steps,umbrella’s:) but i dnt remember banana slides:)))


    • I’m with u on the opening paragraphs 😛 its so beautiful the way Authorness uses her words 😀 I keep learning different things abt life 😀


  12. Just cos its not wat U want – doesn’t mean u mustn read !!! If der was no interaction between author n reader – n just the story – ppl wud read no matter who dey like or how dey want the story to end ….. Its the authors story n she mustnt get swayd by the readers views – cos that’s wat makes the story special !! No hard feelings to any1 … *hugs*

    And I rmb banana slides also *wink*

    Btw – Aara n Zoheb forever !!!! ‎​ℓ☺ℓ
    Not trying to sway ur view author – just saying – =))˚°◦hahahaha . _\\_‎​​


  13. Yaaaaaaaay Aara great choice so glad she decided toleave the past in the past. Zoheb is a good guy and he has had his heart broken so he would never do that to Aara. so thrillled that Aara chose him.


  14. No hard feelings 2u 2 @ sista but if u jus read my comment correctly I said I can’t stop I’m so addicted meanin obviously the author is doin a great job n I am thoroughly njoyin the storyline. N LOL I’m not tryin 2sway the authors view, like hello I kno it aint my blog n was jus kiddin about not readin, like duh. No doubt I prefer Nemo and so was jus playin along with my preferance, No need 2get emotional. If I didn’t wan2 read the blog I wudve stopped n wudnt comment either. Jus sayin also. No offence 2 any1


  15. LoL cnt a person comment on a lighter side ??? WOW sum ppl jus get too emotional!! Its a blog heeloo ,no1 is tryin 2 sway da author ,aren’t readers comments part of the blog ?? Jus sayin ,no offence or hard feelings meant 2 any1


  16. This post was amazing and beyond!!
    DAMN I love Zoheb soo much 😉 BEST POST EVER!!!! Tanx sooo much Mrs made my week 🙂


  17. 😪 poor nemo! Read post lastnite was was sooooooo depressed that I couldn’t comment! Fine ! Aara if u don’t want nemo I will take nemo and he will be my nemo my nemo! 😊 ( just kidding) but cos I love nemo soooo much I wouldn’t do that cos he’s heart is only for you aara!


  18. Luuuvd this post. Team zoheb all the way. Aara take ur little steps, huge steps, jump or run alll the way to zoheb. Hehe!

    Btw nemo fans, our author wouldn’t let anyone down, so plz don’t be dissapointed. Nemo will definitely get his match. Maybe someone who doesn’t know any of his past n will luv him for whom he is ATM.

    Thanx again Shazia. Another excellent post! By far the best blog Eva.


  19. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOT ZOHEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:'( 😥 😦 😦 😦 :(….I’m going into a “why not nemo depression!”….:|


  20. Oh my freaken god !! She basically just chose Zoheb over Nemo !! I wanna go under my blankets and stay there forever …. Crying my heart out !! 😦 whyyyyyyyy 😥


  21. *sob* *sob* *sob* *sob* Too depressed to form a *sob* coherent comment! *sob* *sob* #Depression 101
    PS: If I don’t comment in the next few posts… Well just make duaa for my forgiveness.. I’ll have my family write DIED OF DEPRESSION on my grave.


  22. The reason I love Aara for Naeem is the whole childhood friends, her first love, history thing they have going on. It’s sweet and romantic and what we all wish could be written for us – to marry our first love. Zoheb is new and fun and she’s enjoying the attention, but i have my fingers crossed that she’ll sway towards Naeem in the end. Maybe she just needs a little push – maybe it’s time for Naeem to get a girlfriend 😉


  23. Lol sm was w8ing 4 ur comment,I think its ur fault u were fighting with zoheb so much he had 2 prove his point 2 u lol,JUST KIDDING just now sista comes n give me the 3rd degree I mean if the comment is not meant 4 u y answer????????*confused*lol n then she’ll say no offence 2 any1,being rude is obviously a offence like duuuuh!


    • You’re right maybe I should have just agreed to marry him and die of disgust rather than letting him go out with Aara and dying of depression… Anyway what’s done is done *sob*


  24. Plz make me maaf if I offended any1 – really I didn’t mean 2 – and I didn’t mean 2 sound rude !!!!!!!!
    And I nvr say any1 is swaying authors views – just mentioned in general ……
    And – I’ve nvr given any1 the 3rd degree …. So !!
    Maaf to all those whose feelings got hurt !!!


  25. LoL @ SM dnt worry u not alone ,we with u in depression …we’ll get thru this 2getha
    *wink* we jus need 2 find out wher Zoheb stays nd get rid of him hahaha


  26. Noooooooo ! Aara are u mad ? Why Zoheb ? Why can’t it be Nemo ? Aara , I am warning you , you are making the biggest mistake ever. Nemo’s the one for you , not Zoheb ! 😰😭😨

    Still cute post. When’s the next post. Can’t wait !


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