It was Sunday morning. You were in the kitchen cooking breakfast. The window was wide open, filling the entire room with sunlight and fresh air. All was quiet until a sudden odd noise caught your attention.
What was that?
Curious to find out what the noise was, you tiptoed upstairs and followed the sound right to the baby’s room. You peeped in, the noise becoming louder with your close proximity.
Hoseok was leaning into the baby’s crib, making cute little noises and flailing adorably. He then reached into the crib, lifting your baby girl up, out, and into the air, peppering little kisses all over her chubby cheeks.
He began spinning her around, the sound of both of their laughter filling the air. It was one of the most beautiful sounds you’d ever heard, that most pleasant sound of joy, and you would never tire of it.
He lowered her from the air and cradled her in his arms, adoration and love shining brightly from every facet of his features as he gazed upon your child.
“Hope. Our beautiful little Hope.”
His eyes began shining with a new light as if he’d just thought of an idea.
“Want to hear a story?” He walked towards the rocking chair in the corner of the room and sat down, slowly rocking Hope to and fro.
“Your mother and I, we’ve been in love for a very long time. You know, I’ve loved her since the first time I saw her smile. That bright, beautiful smile. It lit up her whole being. I’ll never forget the first time she smiled at me. Or the first words she said to me! Do you know what she said, Hopey? She said hello!”
He laughed, recalling the memory. “It came out as a stutter. I could tell that she was really nervous. It was at one of my group’s fansigns. She could barely get her words out, haha, but I enjoyed talking to her regardless. I was disappointed because I didn’t have much time to speak with her, but that was all it took. A single minute for everything to change.”
A soft smile played along his lips as he became lost in the memory for a few moments.
“Before she could move down the table to the next member in my group, I asked her to pinky promise me that she’d come to another fansign. She said she’d try, and the way she said it, the promise in her eyes, I knew she meant it. And she showed up at the very next one. With the more fansigns she came to, the more comfortably she began speaking, and I loved that she became that way with me.”
You smiled at the memory, shifting into a more comfortable standing position so as to prepare yourself to listen to the entire story.
“Of course, she couldn’t make it to every fansign. But the fact that she continued coming when she could meant everything. She even came to see us perform! Those were the best days, when she was there. I could always spot her out in the crowd, no matter how many people were there. It was as if I was drawn to her somehow. Her being there, always supporting us in every that way she could, it warmed my heart. Still does just thinking about it! ”
“I fell in love with her laugh, and her smile. The way her eyes shined when she talked about what she was passionate about, like our music. Mommy loved our music very much, just like you do!” Ah, I just loved everything about her.“
His eyes began shining even brighter as he continued with the story.
"It was only after our company lifted our dating ban that I finally asked her out. Hope, daddy was so nervous! Ah, I couldn’t stay still that entire day. But guess what? It went well! She said yes! Mommy said yes!” And with this he began ticking Hope’s tummy, her laughter ringing throughout the room.
“I didn’t even plan our first date. Different, right Hope? But I did get her something special. I remembered her telling me at a fansign that her favorite color was purple, and I went looking everywhere to find the perfect gift for her. Do you know what it was?”
“A purple rose.” he said, you mouthing the words along with him.
“She smiled so much when I gave it to her, and it made me happy just to see how much that simple gesture meant to her.”
“That night we wandered around, doing nothing in particular but enjoying each other’s company. It was one of the best nights of my life, actually.”
“Do you know what the second one was, Hope? When she said she’d marry me. We’d been together for exactly two years and eighteen days, but it felt as if it had been much longer than that. But you know what? I had always known in my heart that she would be the one. My one.”
“And the third was when you arrived in this world. Your mother is my universe, and the second we learned of your existence you became my universe too. You’re everything to me. My beautiful, beautiful girls. I love you both to the stars and back.”
You smiled widely, silently tip-toeing back to the kitchen to finish cooking breakfast.
A few minutes later you suddenly you felt two strong arms wrap around your waist, a head resting gently on your shoulder, and a kiss being gently placed on your cheek.
“Ja'nee, my Ja'nee. Why are you so happy today, hmm?” Hoseok asked, noticing the huge smile that was still on your face.
You turned around in his arms, planting a sweet, loving, passionate kiss on his lips before lacing your fingers through his.
“Because I love you.”
And even though that was something you said to each other each and every day, it was clear that the effect was never lost. You loved each other and your child more than anything in the world. More than anything in the universe. And you could see it in each other’s eyes, feel it in every touch, and sense it with every part of your beings. You were happy. Completely. And that was all you could ever ask for.