Earlier, I was trying to think of a person I admire for day 15’s topic. When I finally thought of someone, I asked myself: will it be weird to say that I admire a person I never even got the chance to meet? I’m talking about Laviel’s father. I never met him, but based on the stories told by Laviel and his entire family, I had developed an admiration for him. I believe he truly is a commendable person, humble, full of principles, and most importantly, a true believer of God and His teachings. When Laviel and I was starting our relationship, we had the opportunity to talk about our personal lives and share stories to get to know each other better. I still remember that one time when he was talking about his father, when his father got sick, how Laviel used to take care of him and how bad Laviel felt when he passed away. I was just there by his side, staring at him while he was lost in his story, like he was replaying the whole scenario in his mind and he was so full of emotions. When he finished, I realized I was holding his hand so tight probably because I felt like I was taken back in time when all that was happening in his life, and I wanted to give him the support and strength he needed. He loves his father so much and he idolizes him as well. Even his Mom and other siblings tell stories of their late father with full conviction, admiration and respect.
I remember during our wedding, when Laviel’s mom gave her speech, she told a story about a conversation with her late husband. And at the end, she said with full trust and confidence that she knows Laviel will be a good husband to me and a good father to our future children. And I nodded in agreement. I can attest to her statement. I have experienced how my husband lives in principle and he handles things or problems in a mature way. He has deep thoughts and quite often quotes his father when giving me advices or when we are in a discussion. I know and I trust that Laviel’s parents raised him and his siblings in a very good family environment, had instilled good manners and principles to live by. All of them have finished their studies, and all are living peaceful and normal good lives.
Sometime in our relationship, I prayed to see my husband’s father in my dreams. I don’t know if this is even possible, but I wanted to meet him even just in my dream. I used to pray for him to appear in my dreams as a confirmation of his approval of our relationship. But it never happened. I’m still not losing hope though. I’d still love to meet him.. Even just to thank him for raising such a wonderful son, in the person of my husband. I know he’ll always be there to guide him through life, and even if he has passed away, I know Laviel sometimes still draws his inspiration and strength from him.