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The Tender Moment

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Posted November 2, 2012 by Carter in Lifestyle

– Carter Stack

We’ve been married three, almost four, years and things have gotten busy and routine has set in. That’ not as bad as it sounds.

Love and relationships develop in stages. First there was the intense, hormone driven passionate attraction that intoxicates and terrifies all at the same time. This is so good but things could go so wrong! There was a strong sense of excitement and an equally strong sense of danger.

Then, as we got to know each other’s likes dislikes, strengths, weaknesses and families there was some predictability. Still a lot of discovery, excitement and danger. But we could see a base line of sanity.

We started to share our dreams and found our common goals. We worked together and that was its own kind of exciting, scary adventure but at least we were working together.

After three years there were things that had to be done and things that had to be dealt with. Career obligations, community responsibilities and family situations. As we took care of our individual issues and joint challenges there was less time and energy for us and for fun. We almost forgot what it was like like in the first year.

Just now I sat down with her as she was reading a book on the couch. I put my arm around her and she put her head on my shoulder. We softly kissed and she ran her fingers over my lips. “I remember,” she said, ” When we were first together and I used to watch your lips as you told stories.”

I thought back to how she would smile and nod at me when I said something particularly insightful.

“Do you get tired of me telling the same stories again?” I asked, expecting, “No, your stories always enthrall me.”

She replied, “I used to watch your lips as you talked. I never actually listened to what you said.”

“But you do listen now that we have been together all this time?” I quietly asked.

She smiled and nodded.

That’s why we’ll be together forever.


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