Love Today by Charles Deluvio
I grew up in the family's restaurant back in the 90s: one of the first Filipino restaurants and karaoke bar in Montreal. My parents, who worked primarily in the kitchen—cooked day in day out. And in-between serving a few appetizers and mains, they'd manage to sing a song or two, mic in hand.
This was my every day, from after school til way past my bedtime. I'd sit there, a spectator to my parents' renditions of classic love songs from before my time.
It was always weird to see them this way: in love, expressing their love for one another through the words of Lionel Richie. Because at home, they were completely different beings: strict & awkwardly reserved. As a family, we mostly kept to ourselves. And words like "I love you" were only said during episodes of Barney and Friends.
I grew up to believe that feeling love & expressing love was reserved for TV. In every day, love is something you did not show, and that you took for granted. And I must admit, that attitude towards love has affected my early relationships (that I kept secret... because Catholic parents).
Luckily today, I share my days with someone I love & who loves me back. Every morning and before bedtime, she challenges me to say the words I've struggled to say my whole life: "I love you". She likes to hear it. Not through text. Out-loud.
Love Today reflects everything I know about expressing love. It's easy to send a text. It's another thing to actually say it, out loud. And it's definitely worth it.
Photos from Unsplash by Jordan Bauer, Lesly Juarez & Multa Media.