My “One-In-A-Billion” Husband

I USED to call Waleed my “one-in-a-million husband” but as the years passed by, with his many perfections and his unconditional love being lavished to me on a day-to-day basis, I have changed that description to my “one-in-a-billion” husband. In fact, so many times I have concluded that he is the only one among the billions of husbands in the world! And I have all the reasons and evidences to proclaim that!

Waleed when he was still a teenager. He started earning for his living at age 18. He worked at Kuwait Civil Aviation.

Waleed is very pious and God-fearing. He never misses the five times a day prayer prescribed for every follower of Islam. He readily accepts whatever he is faced with because of his strong belief and faith in Allah that nothing happens without His knowledge or consent. An example I can give you is when I boldly told him to marry another woman so he can have a child.

And he honestly responded: “How sure are you that if I marry another woman I will have a child? It’s God’s will that I don’t have to have a child and as a true Muslim, I accept that!

Waleed joined Kuwait Airways in 1989, He applied on his own when he could have easily asked his older brother who was then the Head of Engineering of the company.

When out of the office, Waleed always wears the traditional Kuwaiti attire for men called “disdasha”.

During those long months after I had two surgeries in a row in the late 2000s because of cancer, he proved to be loyal to me and able to withstand his “humanness”. He persevered and waited for me to be ready to return to our nuptial activities. He could have easily married another woman (as most Kuwaitis do) or played around with more-than-willing women during those times of his needs, but he remained a “saint” worthy of emulation by other men. It was his fear of Allah which has made him able to surpass those manly difficulties as far as biological needs are concerned. But, of course, he loves me, he said, and admitted that he can’t imagine himself with another woman!

He once told me that his only aim each day is to make me happy. He would always ask himself: “How can I make my wife happy today?” So, one can easily understand that he never made me sad or cry, except during those times he will look straight into my eyes and declare his love for me!

His last year at Kuwait Airways, retiring early because of the company’s privatization.

He is the kindest, the most understanding and the most patient husband ever. He is also very responsible and he seriously attends to his duties and has been providing for all my needs. He has even taken over the sustenance of my family members and relatives by providing me with a very generous monthly allowance. And whenever there is a need for more, he never hesitates to give.

Money-wise, I have never encountered any difficulties with him. Once he sees me with a long face and in deep thought, he simply asks “How much do you need?” And I never have to explain to him where the money will go. He understands fully that I am most happy when I help the poor and lowly and because his daily aim is to make me happy, it goes that he takes care of all my other needs.

Our life together is very peaceful. And so comfortable each one of us feels the satisfaction of having an almost perfect husband and wife relationship. It’s our open communication which is making this possible and the honesty and sincerity of having to admit a petty wrong-doing and the peace of having been “forgiven”. Actually there never has a need to forgive at all because we both share a very understanding stance.

Waleed is my strength, next to God, and he makes me able to withstand all the health challenges I face at the moment. I actually feel that he shares the pains and aches with me and that eases tremendously my burden!

Our very first “date” at Kuwait’s Entertainment City. I was 32 and Waleed was 22.

So blessed really I am that despite my flaws and “liabilities”, Waleed remains loyal and married to me.

As he celebrates today his 50 years of living on this earth, of which he already has spent 28 of those years with me, I specially thank God and pray that our love together will remain strong!

“Thank you so much dear Allah for giving Waleed to me!”

“Happy, happy birthday, my dearest husband and may you spend with me all the rest of your birthdays!”

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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