“Knowing there’s someone who has seen you completely unfiltered, who knows you so, so well — sometimes even better than you do yourself, and still loves you regardless.”
It was here, in this particular classroom at Bukit Panjang Methodist Church, where Yujuin and Enli first met.
A memory so deeply etched in his heart, Yujuin fondly recalled stealing glances at a new girl as she walked nonchalantly through the front door of his class. It was two decades ago, and they were 9. And as far as first impressions went, he thought her feisty and free-spirited disposition meant she was not one to be messed with.
The church was home to them both, where growing up years were spent gracing sermons with their families, attending camps and various church activities. From mere acquaintances, they later became each other’s confidante – often meeting up just to have personal, heart-to-heart conversations. The red brick wall at the corner of the church was one such memorable place; it was where they could be themselves – expressing affections for one another candidly. And where the yellow brick ramps were, it was there they sat, prayed and poured their confiding hearts for hours on end. To Yujuin, Enli was perfect, for there was no one else who could fathom his thoughts like she did.
They shared many milestones, albeit little ones. These were the moments that were most fondly remembered. The times they held hands and walked to the busstop after an event ended just so they could squeeze out some quality time as a couple. As they waited for Bus 173 home, they would talk about their hopes and expectations in life, and soon realized how similar their perspectives were. Their meetups were ever frequent, even when it came to mugging for exams. Like any typical student – Mcdonald’s was a go-to place for their study sessions. For them, it was a rather peculiar branch in the west – the Science Centre, that held a special place in their hearts. Unknowingly, these sessions ended up being dates. They would narrate the week’s happenings to one another, and while Enli was skimming through her books in silence, Yujuin would recall ‘studying’ her instead. There was just something he loved about that tender eyes and gentle smile. And whenever they took breaks in between, they would take casual strolls in the gardens, chatting about anything that came to their minds. Most times however, they ended up playing at the playground instead.
While they knew at a very young age that they were to be each other’s lifelong partner, they were afraid of getting into a relationship – even keeping their feelings for one another guarded from their closest kins. It was only after speaking to their pastor that they decided to take a leap of faith. Through all trials and tribulations, they were each other’s constant, certain that nothing could separate them. Soul mates bounded not just by their faiths, but of all the nostalgic moments they hold dear.
In his proposal to Enli, Yujuin sketched flashbacks of their past on paper – for it was most significant to their union. It was a heartwarming reminscence of the best days of their lives – a love so unconditional, and a bond that spanned almost an entire childhood.
“For the light is what guides you home, and the warmth is what keeps you there.”