After 15 years of marriage, Lucy Torres admitted that the mere sight of her husband Richard Gomez still takes her breath away.
“Yesterday, when he walked through the door from work and he was rushing in, the spark is still there.
“When I hear the car come up the driveway and I now he's there, the day is just better.
"He's still the highlight of my day,” said Lucy in a one-one-one interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
Perhaps it helps that they’ve learned how to complement each other’s weak points.
For her part, Lucy observed that Richard is very good at conditioning her mind and getting things done whenever she’s working on something under pressure.
“I easily get overwhelmed, e. But maybe that’s the athlete in him. He can break down a whole situation into significant parts.”
One instance that comes to her mind is the way Richard helped her print the letters she needed to send out recently.
It was a simple gesture, but very thoughtful of him nonetheless, according to Lucy.
"It’s sweet because it was already at the wee hours in the morning. I couldn’t get it right. I had to print all the letter head and he just took over and did it so fast.”
But at the same time, Lucy stressed that her level of closeness with Richard has grown deeper and stronger over time.
“He still takes my breath away. But, it’s also this kind of love that’s not anchored on giddiness, but something really solid.
“It’s like having a whole history. We’ve been married for 15 years. It feels like yesterday, but it’s nice. It’s a slow, deep love.”
Last Valentine’s Day, the couple had the chance to watch the concert of Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
But other than that, Lucy claimed that she and Richard rarely go out on dates these days because they’re oftentimes swamped with work.
“Finding quality time together is very important. Although [super typhoon] Yolanda has really demanded so much of our time and energy.
“It’s been quite a difficult time. Sometimes, you’re just too tired to go out. You just use the free time to rest.
“So now, it’s just really all about being together and being thankful that we have each other.”
POST-YOLANDA WORK. To date, Lucy, incumbent representative of the fourth district of Leyte, continues to work on various fund-raising activities for post-Yolanda reconstruction in their province.
“From what we’ve been doing on our end, while waiting for all the government programs to be implemented, we’ve tapped private individuals, our own network of friends, and NGOs.
“And it’s really from that part of the whole picture, they’re the ones that have been helping.”
Lucy added that rebuilding homes and livelihoods remain to be the topmost priority in Ormoc.
It can be recalled that the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda last November affected over 16 million Filipinos in Eastern Visayas.
According to the NDRMMC's (National Disaster Risk Reduction Council) report last January 29, over 4 million persons were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers; while the number of damaged housed remain at 1,140,332.