One Tender Moment

It was nearly 2 am. The bedside lamp bathed the room in an orangey hue. I watched as she rubbed the moisturiser onto the dry peeling skin on my legs. I have little sensation there. Everytime she applied the moisturiser, there was a faint tingling and I knew some parts of my leg no longer looked dry and chapped, the peeling bits masked by the thick cream temporarily.

When she had finished with both legs, she came close and rested her head on my shoulder. The moisturiser’s sweet fragrance wafted in the air, intermingling with the odour of the cold from the air conditioner.

In that affectionate instance, I asked her, “How long have we been together?”

She started counting, “1998… 99… Six years.”

There was a moment of silence.

“Why do you ask?” She turned her head, gazed into my eyes and then snuggled closer.

We both knew the answer. That was something that we do occasionally to reassure ourselves that this is all for real. I smiled at her and looked into the distance lazily again, counting my blessings and all the love that she had showered on me.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

16 thoughts on “One Tender Moment”

  1. This is so, so sweet. 🙂

    It jolts me out of my slumber to realise how lucky I am too. 🙂 Like you, I definitely would not forget and would always cherish the love that we have been so blessed to receive. Wish the both of you all the joy and happiness the world may bring. From the bottom of my heart. 🙂

  2. That is incredibly sweet…… When I see couples who are happily together I do get a twinge of sadness and envy…… But the biggest feeling I get is of happiness and hope that two people can have such intense feelings for each other despite being in such a world of cynicism and hate!!!! I am glad and you two inspire me…… (gotta get something that will make me happy one day!) Thank you……

  3. Twinsmom,
    And it is a true story. 🙂

    Right. We must always be grateful heart.


    Little Dee,
    I am sure you will find that one day. Do not ever stop believing that.

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