Om Fares, the Wind Beneath My Wings

She wasn't even twenty when we first met, a pretty face with a big gorgeous smile, cat-walking through life as an English Literature student at Damascus University. I was a disillusioned soldier who did not belong, sailing through as the winds willed me. No chart to follow, no likely call for a next harbor.
She saw through me and perfectly understood why I spoke so little. It was much easier to express my feelings by bringing her (to her parents’ house) a bag of quails I’ve hunted than to look her straight in the face and say what’s really on my mind.
And she accepted that. She held my hand and took me as her life-long companion and soul mate.
Twenty years later, she can still stand me, which, by itself, is quiet an achievement and a true indication of her beautiful spirit. We’ve been through it all, the good, the bad and the in-between. Being married is like this, you know.
I can close my eyes and remember the moments of true happiness we’ve shared over the years. The birth of each of our three children. The pride, the joy. Trips we’ve made together, just the two of us in a small airplane or in the saddle of a motorcycle. I can also remember the hardships we’ve endured. The pain, the agony. My leaving home for a time, in search, yet again, for a bigger bite to eat, for more than my share in life. I strained my eyes looking too far when all I had to do was just close them and look inside. Whatever I wanted has always been here, within my reach. I would never let go again.
Om Fares reads my blog, when she has time, she tells me. Whatever I write, she already knows. I am still poor at finding the right words to tell her how I truly feel. I hope I can surprise her this time. I have chosen Bette Midler’s song because that’s what Om Fares is to me, the “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
You're everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you,
thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

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The Syrian Brit said…
Abu Fares,
Om Fares is one lucky lady.. and you, my friend, are one very lucky man...
Abufares said…
Hi Syrian Brit
Having met you, although only in cyberspace so far, makes me even luckier.
Thanks for the nice words.
Anonymous said…
And may the next twenty years be even better for all of you, savoring the many small beautiful things in life together!
Karin said…
What a BEAUTIFUL declaration of love, what a great post! You two are so fortunate to have each other, two WONDERFUL people, one GREAT family!
Love you both ... lots and lots!!!
Sam... said…
Dear Abufares,

This is one great post..
I could not say better than SB.
May God Bless you both and grant a long and happy life.

Take care.
Abufares said…
Dear Rime, Karin & Sam
Thank you so much for your lovely wishes.
Om Fares and I would celebrate our 19th anniversary next August.
You're all invited.
Anonymous said…
Thank you Abu Fares
please get me this song today
Haider Droubi said…
wow..abu fares...i wonder who is more lucky you or om fares???
i guess both of you ...
enshala you stay like this for everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

greetings to all yr family
Abufares said…
Tikram 3aynek Ya Om Fares.

Wow, you finally commented on my blog.

I have also added a link at the end of the post for any reader who would like to download and enjoy this beautiful song.
Abufares said…
Hello Haider
Thank you and Inshallah Xmas, the Adha and the New Year bring you and yours the best of happiness, joy and great luck.
Dubai Jazz said…
Allah ykhlikun la ba'ad we ykhlilkun wladkun.
Abu Fares, I wish and your family all the best.
The whole idea of getting married frightens me; how am I going to meet my other half? where? when? how would I know she's the one? will it be easy? ...kinda like the "twin soliloquy" of Frank Sinatra!
...spooky ...
Thanks again Abu Fares for sharing this with us.
Abufares said…
Hi Dubai Jazz
You will know.
Don't waste your time thinking about it, let alone, worrying about it.
When the time/place/face is right it'll hit you straight without your permission or your conscious decision. If it happens otherwise then it's not the way it ought to be.
Thanks for your wishes. I think I owe it to Om Fares to post about her, at least once.
Abu Fares,

I second SB's feeling and also second your comment back to him. It is a funny thing that through this cyber exchange I feel I know (and like) some people as well as if I had met them in person.

Thank you for leaving a comment about my friend's impression of Syria. I tried to steer her to Tartous but she had limited time -it is her loss I guess.
wonderful... it's so rare to have something like this, you and Om fares are lucky :-)

God bless you both
Anonymous said…
Behind every great man there a great woman!
Incedently, nn the 25th of August Om Abdo and I will also celebrate our 19th anniversary!
Abu Abdo
Syrianita said…
God bless you both
وان شاء الله العمر كلو بتضلو سوا

Abufares said…
Hi Abu Kareem
It's a pleasure reading your blog. You know that I am a regular.

Hi Syrian in London
Thank you for your warm wishes and welcome to my blog. Please come again.

Hi Abu Abdo
3a2bal 100 Sineh to you and Om Abdo. Please give her my best regards.

Hi Om Al-Soos
Long time no hear. I hope you're doing alright. Thank you for your sincere words.
Shannon said…
I was going to say how lucky Om Fares was to have a husband who will write such wonderful things about her, but then I thought the better- how lucky you are to have her!

I haven't read the other comments, so perhaps someone has already said something along these lines!
Angel said…
Dear Abu and Om Fares,
The dedication and love that you have for each other is amazing. ...You have been blessed with finding each other, to have met your 'kindred spirit'
"Two Hearts beat as one... Two hearts, one love ... Two Hearts, one Soul...Two hearts, one dream...Two hearts, entwined.... forever... "
Wish you many many happy returns of the day. May good health, happiness and love be yours today and everyday....
Abufares said…
Hi Shannon
Yeah, if you haven't already read so, the general consencus is that we're both lucky. Indeed we are. Nothing is as rewarding as sharing one's life with the right partner, with the person who can truly make life worth living.
Thank you for your kind words.
Abufares said…
Hello Angel
First things first. Welcome to my blog. I appreciate your comment and your heart felt words. I've just visited your blog and I really like your attitude. Good luck with it and I hope to find more of your writing as I plan to come back again and again.
mannona said…
Hi Abufares
Great post about Om Fares. She is indeed a wonderful lady, you're very lucky to have her, but then you're both lucky to have each other. My best wishes to both of you for a long and happy life.
Abufares said…
Hi My Dear Mannona
We already miss you so much. Om Fares, the kids and I wish you and yours the happiest of times together. Merry Xms, Eid Adha Moubarak and Happy New Year.
Anonymous said…
It is an achievement!
it is by all means..
Dear Abufares..,
i can't express it is better t me t say only:

DON'T WRITE MORE! be careful from envy! i am a well-wisher !

urs Abu Mohannad..
Abufares said…
Hi Abu Mohannad
Thank you for your kind words. I really don't see a happy marriage as an achievement. It's all about respect and leaving, as Jibran said, "some spaces for the winds of heavens to play".
Anonymous said…
Absolutely right! my dear Abu is All about respect !
To me as a fresh guy..have no experience...of this life ! :
Respect it is the Axis of life ..not between the man & his wife ..even between is the only warranty t still Alive! if u lost will be the other face of hell!
anyway..thanks for ur kind words ...dear Abu Fares and hope u u will give me the chance and answer my questions...with ur lovely way...after my exams !
Hope So !

sincerely Yours
MomTo5 said…
masch allah that was very beautiful words.

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