Last night was Tariq’s birthday and I watched a movie on Southern Spain. The girl sitting next to me was texting most of the time, while she sat with her family. I remembered from my past how important it is to be in the present moment and absorb where you are, with whom and the whole experience.
I am in the Generalife……..in the women’s apartments they are intimate yet airy. As I walk into one of the chambers, Shireen disappears into the next one.
Tariq turns and looks at me, his dark hair like a Spanish portrait against the terracotta walls. We look down at the private gardens of the Queen with the fountain. I turn back and look at the room and find him looking up at something deep in concentration…………… and the thought enters my mind; I will never see this again…………..
It is important to live in the moment for I know now in hindsight that it is not the Generalife I will never see again but the combination of Tariq, the Generalife and me will never happen in this life.
It was a beautiful holiday in Al Andalus, cherished memories with my children in beautiful places, airy days, and cool nights with no stricture of time……….
The young girl sitting next to me at the movies had no idea what she was missing out on………