For those of you that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, I’m Anisa, Delaram’s younger but taller little sister, and maid of honour. There’s a Vietnamese proverb that says “brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.” Now, I don’t have any brothers (thank God as I don’t think I could handle living with another Middle-Eastern male – sorry dad) but the one precious sister that I do have has not only been as close as my hands and feet but she has also been tucked so incredibly close (and will ever remain so) in my heart.
Funnily enough, there’s a famous poem by E.E Cummings that both Delaram and I love which ends with the line “I carry your heart – I carry it in my heart”. Funny story, a few years back, after connecting with this poem for the first time, Delaram and I decided to get matching tattoos on our wrists of this particular line. Long story short, Delaram stuck by her part (had “I carry your heart” tattoed) but I chickened out…she’s still angry and I’m still sorry, Deli.
Delaram, I have always looked up to you. You’re the girl ’ve always wanted to be and the one I’ve always respected. For those of your that don’t know, Delaram’s name directly translates to “calm hearted” which I believe and I’m sure all of you will agree, is a perfect description of her character. Delaram is not only calm, but kind, loving, thoughtful and patient.
Delaram you are my best friend, my rock and my confidant which brings me to how desperately unbalanced I have become at the thought of not rooming with you anymore. I don’t know what I’m going to miss most, you or your clothes.
Naturally, I have always wanted Delaram to meet her Prince Charming. Shes’s so incredibly smart, loveable, great and successful that this Prince Charming that I’d envision was beyond amazing. Andy, you are so much more than him. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined someone better suited for Delaram. Since meeting you, Delaram has been the happiest I have ever seen her be. Not only has her sweet sweet face been plastered with a permanent smile, she has also celebrated her very first Christmas, owned and ridden a bike for the first time and learnt to eat her food ultra-fast in order to keep up with you!
I am so incredibly over the moon for you both; wishing you a life-time of endless love, laughter and happiness.I wanted to end wit this: Mr. and Mrs. Banks, be sure to genuinely listen to one another, always, remembering that being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, the two are almost indistinguishable.
I love you both so very very very much.