The Missing Rib
A girl in love asked her boyfriend.
Girl: Tell me. Who do you love most in this world?
Boy: You, of course!
Girl: In your heart, what am I to you?
Boy: The boy thought for a moment and looked intently
in her eyes and said, "You are my rib. It was
said that God saw that Adam was lonely, during his
sleep, God took one of Adam's rib and created Eve.
Every man has been searching for his missing rib,
only when you find the woman of your life, you'll
no longer feel the lingering ache in your heart."
After their wedding, the couple had a sweet and
happy life for a while.
However, the youthful couple began to drift apart
due to the busy schedule of life and the never-ending
worries of daily problems, their life became mundane.
All the challenges posed by the harsh realities
of life began to gnaw away their dreams and love
for each other. The couple began to have more quarrels
and each quarrel became more heated.
One day, after the quarrel, the girl ran out of
the house. At the opposite side of the road, she
shouted, "You don't love me!"
The boy hated her childishness and out of impulse,
retorted, "Maybe, it was a mistake for us to
be together! You were never my missing rib!"
Suddenly, she turned quiet and stood there for
a long while. He regretted what he said but words
spoken are like thrown away water, you can never
take it back. With tears, she went home to pack
her things and was determined in breaking-up.
Before she left the house, "If I'm really
not your missing rib, please let me go." She
continued, "It is less painful this way. Let
us go on our separate ways and search for our own
Five years went by...
He never remarried but he had tried to find out
about her life indirectly. She had left the country
and back. She had married a foreigner and divorced.
He felt anguished that she never waited for him.
In the dark and lonely night, he lit his cigarette
and felt the lingering ache in his heart. He couldn't
bring himself to admit that he was missing her.
One day, they finally met. At the airport, a place
where there were many reunions and good byes. He
was going away on a business trip. She was standing
there alone, with just the security door separating
them. She smiled at him gently.
Boy: How are you?
Girl: I'm fine. How about you? Have you found your
Girl: I'll be flying to New York in the next flight.
Boy: I'll be back in 2 weeks time. Give me a call
when you are back. You know my number. Nothing has
With a smile, she turned around and waved good
One week later, he heard of her death. She had
perished in New York, in the event that shocked
Midnight, once again, he lit his cigarette. And
like before, he felt the lingering ache in his heart.
He finally knew. She was the missing rib that he
had carelessly broken.
Sometimes, people say things out of moments of
fury. Most often than not, the outcome could be
disastrous and detrimental. We vent our frustrations
99% at our loved ones. And even though we know that
we ought to "think twice and act wisely",
it's often easier said than done.
Things happen each day, many of which are beyond
our control. Let us treasure every moment and everyone
in our lives.
Tomorrow may never come. Give and accept what you
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