How does it feel to have your favorite author write you a personal note? What is it like to have your own little limelight in one of her published stuff? I can only wonder because I haven’t experienced it yet. I don’t even remember attending a book signing event and meeting one of my favorite authors face to face. But one thing I experienced — and remember well — is when one of my longtime readers made so much effort to meet me in person and hand me his gift. Little did I know that it would lead to something way, way greater.
It started with a simple friend request on SNS that I granted. In a matter of days I gained a solid follower of my blog, who would read every single post and comment on it. (Later on he would confess that he printed all the posts in my blog and compiled them in a folder — because he did not have regular internet access then in his former company in Saudi.) I didn’t realize how much my writing had made an impact on others — until someone would go the extra mile to meet me. Literally, from Saudi to his hometown Pangasinan to Manila. I was amazed.
Fast forward to the present. His favorite line is, “The person I just knew from a blog is now my girlfriend.” I’ll share the details of how my number one reader turned into my number one favorite person hopefully in the future (haha!). All I can say, to summarize the journey, is that I’ve been swept away by persistence. From 2012 to 2017 (and counting), this person never tires of hearing me out and making me feel special. In a world where it’s easy to get lost in so many things, he reminds me that I am worth the wait and I am worth the love. He reminds me that I am worth dying for, not because he is ready to die for me (
though he may as well be peace! haha). He reminds me that Someone already did, and that is Jesus. You see, it adds so much significance when you share the same faith with your special someone. It makes the relationship stronger and more lasting 😉 In order for our relationships to be fruitful and to endure time, distance, and other challenges, Christ has to be at the center.
So, to my dear Dhan, sadly this post did not make it on your birthday. But I hope it will make its way to your heart. I’m trying my best not to say too much in the post. Haha! Finally, here is a post dedicated to you 😉 I’m almost certain it wouldn’t be the last. 🙂 Wishing you more meaningful years ahead of you, with me right beside you. I love you!