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Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

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Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

If you feel tired all the time, have swollen ankles, and also have a stomach that cannot keep anything down, it is only natural for you to feel stressed out. Pregnancy brings in a lot of changes in both your life and body, and this may begin the inadvertent process of worrying and feeling augmented levels of stress.

If you feel this stress is taking a toll on you, and you start to experience constant anxiety, then it might be time for you to seek for advice from your doctor or midwife. There are definitely many external factors that contribute greatly to your child’s emotional ability to relate with others, but when cortisol, the stress-causing hormone is secreted in high amounts, there is a high probability of it negatively affecting the building blocks responsible for the emotional development of your child.

Avoiding stress during pregnancy involves making small adjustments in your daily routine. Unlike long ago when pregnancy meant staying indoors and performing no chores, today it is considered to be a normal part of life that does not have to affect your everyday to-do list (for the most part at least).

Pregnant women love being pampered; who doesn’t? However, they could use some help here and because pregnancy should not be viewed as an illness or a period of confinement. So, what can you do to have a stress-free pregnancy?

Get ample rest.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is totally advisable to give in to your body’s resting needs. Do not let that ever mounting pile of dirty laundry stress you; hire the services of a regular cleaner to do it for you. Also, if you have other kids, you could ask your significant other, a friend or even hire a nanny to look after them for some time.

If your back cannot handle any more work, sit, put your feet up on a pillow and let no thoughts of duress at the back of your mind guilt trip you into doing anything but relaxing at that moment. You deserve to have some alone time to relieve your body from the physical stresses of daily life while being pregnant.

In case you experience difficulties during your pregnancy and you happen to work, talk to your boss to see if you can get them to take some of the workload off your shoulders or even to adjust your working hours to be more conducive until you return from maternity leave.

Relax yourself.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

If you want to avoid feeling stressed during pregnancy, try get your mind off things that agitate you. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Go out with a friend and get yourself a cute dress that will make you and your growing bump look more attractive. It is all about your mindset and choosing to be positive and avoiding feeling of negativity and stress.

Hit the gym for gentle exercises.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

Exercising when pregnant will not only help tone those curves but also greatly improve your mood. It should however not involve strenuous activities that will bruise your poor joints. The exercises considered to be ideal for pregnant women include: swimming, yoga (limited poses) and taking walks for at least half an hour.

You will start to notice that exercising is helping ease the pressure off you at an astonishing rate.

Do not keep to yourself too much.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

When pregnant, you may have multiple concerns about your baby, your wellbeing, or even other ongoing personal issues. If this is the case for you, avoid harboring so many feelings in your heart; open up to whoever you feel comfortable talking to. Also, let your significant other in by open and honest communication, fully letting the know how you feel and what you need to ease your stress.

Expressing yourself not only lifts a huge load of your chest but also helps your partner know how he can be of help to you during this period. You could also consider joining clubs or online platforms whose members are primarily pregnant women. You might be surprised that you share similar concerns and can help each other through this journey by sharing tips and experiences.

Get answers.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

During your first pregnancy you will find yourself having very many questions and concerns pertaining to your baby bump. When you visit with your doctor or midwife, take full advantage by having them give you answers to the questions you may have or ask them to refer you to books and websites that will ease the tension you are currently experiencing.

Planning to breastfeed after you give birth? Get your research out of the way before the third trimester and find your future breast pump so that you aren’t stressing out later by waiting last minute.

Being well informed will help you sleep well at night knowing that you can handle any complication that arises. This also prepares you for child birth which most women who are pregnant for the first time often get anxious about.

Also, antenatal classes are highly advised. Here, you will equip yourself with knowledge that will help you deal with the various types of discomforts pregnancy dishes out to your body.

Adopt healthy eating habits.

Avoid Stress During Pregnancy

Eating a balanced diet, especially one which consists of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins flushes the feel-good hormones right into your system and helps you avoid stress during pregnancy.

When you want a quick snack, choose to eat nuts as they contain tryptophan, a hormone that will keep you happy and smiling. Alternatively, you can eat chicken, kale, asparagus and even yogurt for similar results.

You will also need to drink lots of water; if you can hit the recommended target of six to eight glasses per day, the better. Low water intake can cause you to have persistent headaches that will render you susceptible to increased levels of duress.

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A hardworking father

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A hardworking father

If your dad is or was a hardworking man and, has helped you as much as he could at the time, no matter how good or bad you were, and is just a best dad ever. As a bread winner of the family, he is the one who exert more effort.

Father was a hardworking man who delivered bread as a living to support his wife and three children. He spent all his evenings after work attending classes, hoping to improve himself so that he could one day find a better paying job. Except for Sundays, Father hardly ate a meal together with his family. He worked and studied very hard because he wanted to provide his family with the best money could buy.

A hardworking father

Whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The day came when the examination results were announced. To his joy, Father passed, and with distinctions too! Soon after, he was offered a good job as a senior supervisor which paid handsomely.

Like a dream come true, Father could now afford to provide his family with life’s little luxuries like nice clothing, fine food and vacation abroad.

However, the family still did not get to see father for most of the week. He continued to work very hard, hoping to be promoted to the position of manager. In fact, to make himself a worthily candidate for the promotion, he enrolled for another course in the open university.

A hardworking father

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

Father’s hard work paid off and he was promoted. Jubilantly, he decided to hire a maid to relieve his wife from her domestic tasks. He also felt that their three-room flat was no longer big enough, it would be nice for his family to be able to enjoy the facilities and comfort of a condominium. Having experienced the rewards of his hard work many times before, Father resolved to further his studies and work at being promoted again. The family still did not get to see much of him. In fact, sometimes Father had to work on Sundays entertaining clients. Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

As expected, Father’s hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful condominium overlooking the coast of Singapore. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, Father declared to his family that he decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions. From then on he was going to devote more time to his family.

Father did not wake up the next day.

It’s very inspiring and touching story. A father do his best for her family for them to have a stable and better life. Respect and valued all the efforts of your parents, this is the way to show their love.

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Heart-felt gift for friends

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Heart felt gift for friends

In a friendship, it is not important whether your gift is an object or affection. But, the most important is your presence to each other that is what  a heart-felt gift for your friend.

True friends are not fussy or judgemental. They care not what you are worth or what you own. And they certainly understand the meaning of your friendship, and whatever you may give as a present comes from the heart. Here are some of the most heartfelt gifts you can offer good friends, without a bit of monetary investment.

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING…
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

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4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note could be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life (although it may cost a stamp if you mail it)

 

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

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6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it’s not that hard to say “Hello” or “Thank You.”

Every gift for your friend is important, learn to value even if it’s not a concrete gift. The most special gift for your friendship is your quality time together.

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Do You Know You Are Loved?

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Do You Know You Are Loved

Do You Know You Are Loved?

It has been my good fortune to know Dr. Everett Blanton and to be counted among his friends. Come to think of it, that doesn’t make me all that special. His circle of friends is pretty large. And I don’t know anyone in his still-larger circle of acquaintances that didn’t like him and respect him.

This is how his booming voice greeted those of us fortunate enough to be his friends: “Has anyone told you today that he loves you?”

The first time he posed the question to you, you may have tried to answer it. You would try to remember if your wife or children said “I love you” before they left for school or when you left for work. Or perhaps you would simply be stunned by such a question – and stand a bit wide-eyed and not know how to respond.

His handsome face would break into a broad grin, and he would say something on this order: “Well, I do! And I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you. You are special to me, and I am grateful to have you in my life.”

Do You Know You Are Loved

Now that might sound mushy – if not downright suspicious – if Everett’s hair had not been completely white and his face marked with the signs of age. Coming from him, both males and females heard the genuine affirmation of a godly man who wanted to tell the people in his life how he valued them.

When a move to another state put distance between us, we would occasionally speak by phone. It was always important for me to begin the conversation. As soon as he picked up, I would say, “Everett, has anybody told you today how loved you are?” He would laugh, call my name, and tell me how special I was to him. There was no way to get ahead of him!

Everett Blanton passed away. Loved and supported by children and grandchildren, he had battled cancer courageously – and tried to keep his family from worrying too much about it. The battle had become hard.

His closest ally, best friend, and devoted wife through all his life adventures, Peggy, mourns his loss – but smiles at the treasure trove of sweet memories they made together. She tells me how fortunate she was to have had all those years with him. He would tell you he was the lucky one.

You don’t have to know Everett to learn from him. Learn to affirm the people who are important in your life. Tell them you love them. Then tell them again and once more for good measure. Be remembered for it when it comes your time to go home. As Joe Bain said, Everett was “a man with the kindest heart I’ve ever known.” Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way for people to remember you?

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Rubel Shelly is a Preacher and Professor of Religion and Philosophy located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In addition to church and academic responsibilities, he has worked actively with such community projects as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, From Nashville With Love, Metro (Nashville) Public Schools, Faith Family Medical Clinic, and Operation Andrew Ministries.

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Darth Vader Quotes – Be Seduced by the Dark Side

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Darth Vader Quotes

Undoubtedly Darth Vader is one of the most well known movie character of all time.  The villain that was a good guy of the Star Wars franchise, is considered one of the most powerful and prominent movie villains of all time, but has it always been like that? The answer is no…

As it turned out he was once a heroic Jedi Knight.  Learning his craft under Obi-Wan Kenobi many considered he was the “chosen one” the one born to bring balance to the universe. However that did not turn out to be the case as Anikan  was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force, to became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s elimination of the Jedi Order. For decades, He remained in service of an evil Emperor – Darth Sidious – enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to destroy the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But was there still good in him?

 

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“Luke, I am your father.”

 

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“I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

 

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“If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador?”

 

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“I sense something. A presence I have not felt since….”

 

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“That name no longer has any meaning for me.”

 

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“This will be a day long remembered.”

 

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“All too easy.”

 

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“Anakin Skywalker was weak. I destroyed him.”

 

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“Apology accepted, Captain”

Darth Vader quotes from the Dark Side

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“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.”

 

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“Don’t fail me again, Admiral.”

 

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“From my point of view, the Jedi are evil.”

 

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“He will join us or die, my master.”

 

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“He will not be permanently damaged.”

 

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“He’s all yours, bounty hunter. Reset the chamber for Skywalker.”

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“He’s just a boy.”

 

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“I do not want the Emperor’s prize damaged.”

 

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“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

 

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“I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.”

 

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“I have felt it.”

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“If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally.”

 

“Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well.”

 

“It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”

 

“Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.”

 

“Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.”

 

“Take the princess and the Wookie to my ship.”

 

“The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

 

“The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your Master now.”

 

“Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends.”

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“The Force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.”

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“There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you.”

 

“Luke, you do not yet realize your importance.”

 

“The circle is now complete.”

 

“When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

 

“We would be honored, if you would join us.”

 

 “With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.”

 

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“Yes, your thoughts betray you.”

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“You are beaten. It is useless to resist.”

 

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“You don’t know the power of the dark side.”

 

“You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.”

 

“You have failed me for the last time, Admiral….”

 

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“You have learned much, young one.”

 

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“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.”

 

“You’re asking me to be rational. That is something I know I cannot do.”

 

“Your destiny lies with me Skywalker. Obi-Wan knew this to be true.”

 

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More quotes from Darth Vader

 

“Now his failure is complete.”

“I see through the lies of the Jedi.”

 

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“I do not fear the dark side as you do.”

 

“Just for once let me look on you with my own eyes… You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right.”

 

“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force… ”

 

“I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.”

 

“Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”

 

“She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally, Commander. There’ll be no one to stop us this time.”

 

“This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi; it will soon see the end of the Rebellion.”

 

“I do not want the Emperor’s prize damaged. We will test it…on Captain Solo.”

 

“There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.”

 

“If you only knew the power of the dark side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.”

 

“Sister! So, you have a twin sister! Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will!”

 

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“You saw what we did there right?”

 

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“When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

 

“The Force is strong with this one. ”

 

“Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for… sister. So, you have a twin sister.”

 

“Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete.”

 

“I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do.”

 

“Power! Unlimited power!”

 

“You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor!”

 

“What have I done?”

 

“Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral.”

 

“Give into your hate and anger”

 

“I sense something.”

 

“I have you now. ”

 

“What is thy bidding, my Master? ”

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“This technological terror is nothing compared to the power of the force”

 

“All I am surrounded by is fear, and dead men!”

 

“Search your feelings, you know it to be true!”

 

“You are unwise to lower your defenses!”

 

“Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong.”

 

“I hope so for your sake, the Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.”

 

“I sense something. A presence I have not felt since….”

 

“There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.”

 

 

Which of these Darth Vader quotes is your favorite?

Darth Vader’s tragic story as the valiant Jedi Knight turned evil is proof that even the good people of this world can make bad decisions when caught in a compromising circumstance in the name of love.

 

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What is A Family?

Sheila J. Highland

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What is a Family

What Is A Family?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.

SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”What is a Family

DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”

DAD: “If you must know, I make $20 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said,

“Daddy, may I please borrow $10?”

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.” The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep, son?” He asked. “No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $10 you asked for.” The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you, daddy!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. “Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled. “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.” Share this story with someone you like…. But even better, share $20 worth of time with someone you love. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family. An unwise investment indeed!

Moral: In our busy lives in this world, we should not neglect our family. Let us spend more quality time with our loved ones especially our family.

 


What is a Family? is a motivating story of more quality time with family. Another moving story is True Wealth.


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Salt Coffee Story – A Wonderful Love Story

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Salt Coffee Story

The Salt Coffee Story

He met her at a party. She was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he was average looking, shy and awkward.

At the end of the party, he finally summoned some courage to invite the girl to have coffee with him. She was surprised, but out of politeness, she accepted his invitation to go on a date. They both sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable, waiting for coffee. With him being so shy and awkward around her, It seemed like the conversation between them would never start.salt coffee story

The coffee was brought and suddenly, he asked the waiter. “Would you please get me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee!” Everyone at the cafe stared at him with a strange look! His face turned red, but still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it. She asked him curiously, “Why this unusual habit?” He took a couple of sips and replied, “When I was a little boy, I lived near the sea, I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea, just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my hometown, I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are still living there.” While saying that tears filled his eyes.

She was deeply touched. That’s his true feeling, from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has realized his responsibility for his family … She then started talking about her childhood, her faraway hometown, and her family.

That was a really nice talk, also a beautiful beginning of their love story. They continued to date. She found that actually, he was a man who meets all her demands; he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm, careful. He was such a good man and had it not been for the salt in the coffee, she’d never have really known him!

The rest of the story was just like any other beautiful love story: they finally got married, and they lived a very happy married life. And sure! every time she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee, just the way he liked it! After 40 years of marital bliss, he died after a short illness.

One day, she found a letter he had left for her which said,

“My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life’s lie. This was the only lie I said to you—the salty coffee.

Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time, actually, I wanted some sugar, but I said salt. It was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication! I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything…

Now I’m dying, so I tell you the truth, I don’t like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste… But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If I can live for the second time, still want to know you and have you for my whole life, even though I have to drink the salty coffee again.

Please forgive me, darling.. for lying to you first in that Coffee Shop and then not telling you the truth every time you made coffee for me! I am not lying now when I say, I couldn’t have that coffee any other way! – still madly in love with you”

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Tears fell down her cheek as she finished reading the letter.

If anybody asks her: “How did that salted coffee taste?” “It’s sweet.” She always replied.

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