People adorn her because she belongs to the most beautiful among women. Countless admire her because she is the sexiest from among her kinds. But neither her looks nor her perfectly chiseled body that made us proud of her.
At times, I shrug off when people say, “Oh, she is so beautiful” because sans living within the walls of our house, the adoration is merely based on her physical being.
But here’s what made her truly beautiful –
Her faith made her the most beautiful. Beyond her physical charm is the glowing faith in God. More than other desires that the world can offer, she wants nothing more than for her family to stay strong in God. She is most beautiful when she guides our son in prayer. She is most beautiful when she asks, “Dad, can we talk to God together?”
Her family loyalty made her the most beautiful. She values loyalty more than the offers of silver and gold. She silenced the luring rich and powerful men with her beautiful stories of family love.
I can have thousands of reasons to live under the shadows of jealousy. But I can soundly sleep at night because intertwined in the words of her assurances are the very souls of honesty.
Her simplicity made her the most beautiful. People expect that she belongs to the high society of mankind. But no – we know life from the lowest of its kind because that’s where we came from. We started a life renting a room in a squatter area. Our favorites still “isaw”, “tuyo”, “paksiw”, “bagoong” and “gulay”. At times, we crave for rice-and-sardines combo. Our favorite pastime still outdoor living. She is never a complicated woman but enjoy life’s simplest perks.
Her good heart made her the most beautiful. At times when life is sad and weary; when clouds are dark and gloomy; when storms are strong, and rains are heavy; she can summon life’s bounty and can make me happy. By my looks, people could not believe how I got her. Some still in the delusion of disbelief, blinded by the reasons of what their eyes have seen.
But she has a good heart – one that sees deeper than what the skin has showed. For the many that still linger in disbelief, I say:
Because she has a good heart. It sees what many hasn’t. It reasons what many can’t understand. It is her beautiful heart that connects the dots of your disbelief to my possibilities.