Rayhaana and I have this almost ritual where we embrace one another after our prayers together. She would stand on her toes so that she is ‘almost’ my height and then tightly wraps her arms around my neck refusing to let go.
Since our very first prayer together – on our honeymoon somewhere in Hermanus, we would embrace each other and I would sometimes tease her by saying, ‘That’s right, work those calves lady’ but she would just tighten her grip even more. But hugging had since gone beyond just prayers whether Rayhaana runs late in the morning, we stand at the front door and embrace one another almost as though she is about to take a journey overseas. We were quite surprised one morning when a lady whom we didn’t know at the time walked by saying, “Good morning!” adding, “My favorite couple” because every morning at about the same time, Rayhaana and I would say our good bye’s the same way we do every morning – with an embrace that lasts quite a while.
I’ve realized how much our embrace means to her, she enjoys hearing my heartbeat when we are ‘knotted’ in our embrace. Now, even when we do say our farewells when she is in a hurry in the morning, I kinda remind her in the afternoon that she owes me more time in our hug when we arrive home.
It feels real good. It makes me feel connected to her in an extraordinary way!