You know the feeling of being in love, right? Not the weak-in-the-knees, fluttering stomach sensation you get when you first fall under someone's spell, but the quiet, hard-burning, sensational love that you can only feel after years together. It's like a hug, so comforting and encompassing—you never want to tear yourself away from something that warm and perfect.
If you don't know it now, I hope that someday you do.
I've just returned from an invigorating weekend at my sister-in-law's bachelorette party; the days were filled with wine, laughter, and so many discussions of love and the importance of it in our lives. Last night, after the bride-to-be opened her presents, the married women in the room took turns sharing the thing they love most about their husband.
And when it got to me, I barely managed to squeak out a few sentences before a tear rolled down my cheek.
(Sometimes my hormones get the best of me.)
You see, I've been blessed with a husband who has too many wonderful qualities to name. There's no way I could narrow those enviable things down to one, but now that I no longer hold the floor in that quiet, loving circle, I can share them with you:
The purpose of this is not to brag about my lifetime partner and best friend (okay, but maybe a little). The point is recognizing when you are blessed beyond measure. I have chosen (or been guided to by forces unseen) a man who listens without complaint, lives without regret, and loves without exception.
So dear, if you're reading this, please know—I love you. I cherish you. I will never stop working on our marriage or making myself a better person for you. Marriage isn't always easy, but it's always the best thing I've ever done.
You're so worth it.
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.