I went to the movies lately (Eclipse, in case you’re wondering) and the theater was so freezing that, despite the heat wave, Randy and I had to turn the heat on in the truck afterward in order to thaw out! I imagine that’s what it feels like to be surrounded by affectionate vampires who hug you all night. You’ll understand that if you’ve read the Twilight books. If you haven’t, well, the vampires are very cold. My only other complaint is that there were some vocal Team Jacob girls sitting nearby who made loud comments. It is a sign of my growing maturity (and hunger) that I did not throw my bag of popcorn at them.
I mentioned Randy just now. Yesterday was his birthday, and our 17th anniversary as a couple. I love him more now than I did then. You’d think I’d be a little bored, but I’m not. It’s amazing when you finally find that person with whom you can fall more deeply in love as time goes by, rather than out of it. I try never to take him for granted, to let him know how very much he means to me. There are always the daily little irritants that living with someone brings: socks left on the floor, lights or television left on in an uninhabited room, failure to wipe down the counters after making supper. But he helps with the laundry, shuts things off when I remind him, and he cooks that meal, meaning that I don’t have to; I am perfectly capable of wiping down those counters myself. He helps me in a myriad of ways, both large and small, and makes my life fuller and richer by his existence. We are not exactly alike, nor are we polar opposites; we complement one another. I can be as silly or as grouchy as I feel on any given day, and he rolls with it. He brings me flowers and calls during the day for no other reason than to let me know he loves me. He never complains, and lets me have the remote control whenever I want it.
I’m a very lucky woman.
If you’re reading this, I wish that you may have the sort of loving relationship in which you respect and fulfill each other, whose love grows daily and that does not merely stand the test of time, but thrives upon it.
And that you can share the television remote.