It Doesn’t Take A Whole Day To Recognize Sunshine

By:  Al -Lateef

When I look at you, what I see is my future wife-to-be, only God himself more important in this life to me. You are much more than the woman I’m spending forever with; you’re my best friend, my confidant, my strength, my inspiration, my sun and my moon, the song in my heart and the air I breathe. I really don’t remember much about life before you and I’ll die before I have to live without you. Excuse me; I get beside myself when I think of you, because you mean more than words could accurately describe.

People who knew me when constantly ask what have you done to settle me down, to convince me to marry you; that’s because they don’t know you, they don’t know that your smile warms the coldest hearts and with your love, I’ve figured out how to conquer everything. I used to tell people what I needed in a woman and they would laugh, telling me I would never find a woman to be all of those things and allow me to be myself. They didn’t know you either, but I knew you were coming.

Yeah, long before you said yes and I said hello, I knew. You were born on this day thirty-three years ago with me in mind and the years between then and our meeting was mere preparation for a life together. You walked into my life on my darkest day and dimmed the rainbow’s glow and in turn transformed my life. I thank God every day, all day for you, for your love and for this day.

I’ve been thinking since last year’s birthday of what I could give you and roses, diamond earrings, writing your name across the sky, a vacation and new car just didn’t seem like enough, so your gift is me; a better me, a vow to improve every day, to love you more than I did when we went to sleep the night before and even join the gym (after my birthday) and even not keep the air so cold in our home. Well, you’ll get all of that and more if you promise to just keep loving me the way you do.

So Happy Birthday to the one that taught me to love without compromise, made me realize that it was OK to smile again, want to be the best Teef I could be and who’s love landed me on bended knee. Happy Birthday to the woman that brightens the day for everyone around her; friend, sister, auntie, cousin, mentor and more. Happy Birthday to You, Sunshine, my Old Lady, the Lady and all of the other names I’ve referred to you as within these pages.

I guess this is where I’m supposed to say “I love you”, but everyone says that and what I feel is so much more. I think the world of you, would trade the world for you and build my world around you. I adore you and honestly don’t want to spend a minute of my life not loving you, Happy Birthday Sharea!

It didn’t take a whole day for me to recognize Sunshine…

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7 replies
  1. Divineladydes
    Divineladydes says:

    I am tearing up at this wonderful expression of pure uncensored, unlimited supply of love. I am soooo filled with joy that it is coming from a brotha in tuned with his feelings to be able to share. Teef u held onto a vision, didn't waver, and watched it manifest right before ur eyes. Even in the most doubtful of moments u kept that vision. Give thanks Teef for you are what we women dream of and envision in our life. Thank you for the extra reassurance and sharing peace and love.

  2. Jasmine B
    Jasmine B says:

    This is beautiful more men should be comfortable representing how they feel for the woman they love.Outstanding Teef!

  3. Gloria
    Gloria says:

    Black love is beautiful. Bravo Brotha for representing.

  4. Kamillaj
    Kamillaj says:

    More beautiful each time I read it! Keep up the great work!!

  5. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Brother Teef I commend you on your public display of love and commitment. Your words are similar to how I feel about my Queen. Thanks for being courages enough to share your heart with us.

  6. Ebony
    Ebony says:

    Tears!!!!!!! That was beautiful

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