As narrated by Nemo:
When Sahal shouted “grasshopper” it was all that was needed to make Aara and I let him go! We were terrified of grasshoppers!
Needless to say, he ran to his room and shut the door on our faces:-p
After namaaz and a hearty lunch everyone was ready to go. Today was my day. So whatever I had planned for the group, they had to willingly indulge.
And what I had planned…was a need for speed 😉
As narrated by Immy:
Arshad, Zainab,Zoheb, Aara and I were together in Zoheb’s 4×4, as we followed Nemo towards wherever it was that he was taking us.
My heart pounded thunderously in my chest. Tonight was the night…I was so nervous…what if she said no??
Aara: (turning around and looking at me with the widest grin on her face) you haven’t told her yet have you?
I shook my head and sat a little straighter.
Zainab: hasn’t told who what?
Zainab: oh ohhhhh Immy…why are you being so slow?
Zoheb: fill us in also don’t be rude girls
Aara: (looking at me) can I ?
I shrugged my shoulders.
Aara: like everything?
Me: (taking a deep breath) okay
Aara: Immy is going to ask Maariah to marry him!
Arshad: Yoh! Immy! You guys are not even going out! Or are you?
Me: (shaking my head) no…and I don’t want to either…I don’t do the whole dating thing so…yeah
Arshad: does she know that you like her or love her?
Me: I hope so…
Zoheb looked at Aara..
Zoheb: Arshad and Zainab are getting married…Reez and Laeeka are getting married..now Immy wants to ask Maariah to get married to him…
Aara: ummmm so?
Aara: so….you want to get married too? (Clapping her hands together as Zoheb smiled) so nice Zoheb! Don’t forget to invite us!
And she stuck her tongue out at him and winked. Eish these two!
Aara: (turning around again) back to you Immy…does it feel right?
Me: I have never felt more right about anything Aara..
Aara: ookay do you really really love her?
Me: with all of my heart
Zainab: (laughing to herself) but you haven’t told her and you’re going to ask her to marry you..dude you like…stepped out of a 1960’s movie!
I couldn’t help but laugh…and that just lasted for a minute before my tummy went into a knot again!
Aara: He has something planned for tonight and all of you have to help
Arshad: bru…they helped me when I proposed to Zainab and it was really something..so you have nothing to worry about and I’ll be too happy to help too
Zoheb: yeah Immy don’t stress, we are right behind you. Just enjoy what Nemo has planned and take everything one step at a time and when tonight comes…just speak from your heart
Arshad: (laughing) or you could sing a song!
Zai: that’s actually not a bad idea!
Me: no no…(Chuckling to myself) I don’t have the guts that Zoheb had for that!
Aara and Zoheb blushed and didn’t say anything…
Zainab: breathe Immy breathe
Me: even if she says yes…
And I finally let out what was really, really worrying me, not because it just came out but because I really did trust them.
Me: I have no one…no family at all. Imagine how strange that will be…meeting her parents all alone and going through the whole thing not knowing a thing about traditions and oh wait…let’s see..for the wedding, IF that happens at all..when they ask how many seats to reserve for the grooms side it’ll be like…errr just one thank you
Zoheb: Immy Immy Immy….bro…relax…who says you have no one? You have us don’t you…we’ll be the grooms side bro don’t ever think that we won’t stand behind you
Arshad: yeah Immy you nut! And we’ll come with you to Maariah’s house to propose…(Laughing to himself)Zoheb can be your grandfather, Reez will be your father and I’ll be your bro!
Zainab: (busting) and Nemo can be your great grandfather! Coz you know he knows everything :-p
Aara: Immy…bottom line…you have all of us and whatever it is, not just for your wedding but…for anything. We are always here for you and once you’re in our circle…there’s no going back dude all of us are yours for life!
I couldn’t help but smile. It really did mean a lot. I had absolutely nobody to call my own and now I suddenly had so many people who were more than family to me.
And all at once…the nervousness and anxiety washed itself away as I realised that on this path of finding my way to Maariah’s heart…I found 7 other people who stood as beacons of light and hope in my dark and lonely life…becoming my bridge, lighting up my way and standing behind me.
I was no longer alone…I now had the rare and precious love of a family that I had always yearned for…Shukr Alhamdulillah( thanks and praise be to Allah)….
Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers. May your Eid be filled with loads of happiness and great memories! Let’s not lose the essence of this beautiful day.
Remember me in your duas..