I’ve met an admirable couple from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City six years ago. No, they were not inmates. The husband used to serve time, but he is an active preacher of a religious community now. The wife, however, used to be a social worker who assists in the rehabilitation program of inmates inside NBP. Their love blossomed beyond the prison walls. They are old now but their eyes still show how much they care for each other.
How is this related to my post about wedding outfits? Well, one of couple’s daughters marries an inmate who is serving life term. The young couple met while the young woman’s family is doing religious services inside the NBP compound every Sunday. The young man is also a preacher.
They got married in a simple ceremony officiated by the bride’s Pastor Dad sans lavish wedding preparation. If the young couple had agreed, a well-to-do relative is willing to pay for the outfit of the wedding entourage, but the couple choose to wear a simple attire that they bought from their own savings. The couple is raising their two kids.
I am sure most of us is familiar with the line, “we’ll get by with a little help from our friends,” or something like that and as it clearly states, all of us, at one point in our lives, need a little help from our friends and that each of us needs to have friends. Apart from re-stating that not one individual is good enough to make it out there in the brave new world, it also gives emphasis to one of the most important relationship we will be forging in our lives ~ friendship. We learn to build one as early as we learn to socialize and begin to communicate with others. And, although, not most of us will go through life-changing or life-threatening episodes that would make even the better of us wallow in self-doubt or worse, we all need friends to share even the most mundane and the most ordinary things in our day-to-day lives. They make the trivial stories more exciting and the ordinary cup of coffee much tastier.