A love letter from Suman Bolar
To the love of my life,
I remember the first time I saw you.You were sitting on one of the tables in the college canteen. I’d heard about you, of course (who hadn’t?) but I’d never actually laid eyes on you before. You were always with the rich kids. From what I could see, they didn’t really seem to appreciate you enough – while they liked having you around, it was almost as if they didn’t really care whether you were there or not. Me? Once I set eyes on you, I knew I had to have you – no matter how long it took or what I had to do to make you mine.
At first, I was too intimidated to make your acquaintance. I thought that you were way out of my league – that you were too good for me, that I didn’t deserve you. You just seemed so… unattainable. Part of it, of course was the fact that my friends kept telling me I’d never be able to afford you. You were often seen in stores that sold luxuries I could never even aspire to – champagne, caviar, cigars. But it wasn’t just about the money. Even after I had saved enough to set foot in one of those expensive stores, I was still wary. What if I made a fool of myself? What if I couldn’t muster up the courage to speak your name?
I bided my time. My self-doubt was gradually replaced with doubts about you, about us. Were you as wonderful as the image of you I had built in my mind? Would I even like you? What if I didn’t? After all my anticipation, all my waiting and dreaming – would our first encounter be an anticlimax?
I needn’t have worried. You were everything I expected and more. And you’ve been a part of my life ever since, through thick and thin. I have always turned to you for comfort during the hard times, and you have never once let me down. We’ve celebrated the good times together too. You’ve taught me so much, my love: how to appreciate life’s finer things, how to treat myself well, how to take pleasure from the small things. I can’t dream of a life without you in it.
Oh Ghirardelli, I love you so much. Thank you for always being there.
Suman Bolar is a happy food writer, communications consultant, traveler, cook. You can follow her journey at Food Travel Bangalore. Her Valentine dish of the day is a delicious Baked Citrus Cinnamon French Toast which she likes to serve with a nice big slab of Ghirardelli dark chocolate.