My husband and I have been together for almost eight years now, married for more than two years. I never dreamt that a relationship could be so easy and idyllic. Even after eight years of spending almost every day together (I think that we’ve been apart for a total of 10 nights in the eight-year span), we still do not take each other for granted. We say “Thank you” almost daily for small things that we do for one another. We text little red hearts and smiley-faces to each other throughout the work days, when we’re apart. We go to bed each night with an “I love you.” It’s steady. It’s nice. It’s sweet. It’s damn-near perfect.
There is an old saying: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” I don’t buy it. I think that a person would have to be a sociopath to follow that logic. However, I will admit, while my man and I do not take one another for granted, we sure are “used-to” being around one another. We have a wide circle of friends, and spend a lot of time with different groups, but the majority of our time is spent at home. And while we may not be in the same room, for example, he may be in his office, catching up on internet news (he’s a bit of a junkie), he might be writing reproachful letters to our elected representatives (I swear he is going to get us on a list, and the FBI or CIA are going to drone us) or he, most probably, will be playing video games like “The Sims” or “Skyrim” (yes, he is a big kid), whereas, I may be in the living room, writing, playing piano, reading, listening to music, or watching old “30 Rock” reruns on Netflix. While not in the same room, we can hear each other faintly, or at least, have the knowledge that the other is close by.
So there is more of a chance of our not jumping up and down when we see one another (the way our dogs do every time we enter the house). BUT…the other day, I was surfing the web, and stumbled across this video “End of the World” by Matt Alber:
Now, apparently this video was played often on the LOGO (read, “gay”) cable channel a few years ago between programs and became rather popular. But I never watch “regular” TV (shoot, we even canceled our cable last year), so this video was completely new to me. After I watched it all the way through, I called my husband into my office, and showed him. He got a little choked up (he’s like that - it’s inherited from his sweet father). I restarted the video, and danced him around the room a bit. He loves that.
Over the next few days, I was walking around with stars in my eyes and butterflies in my stomach, so I found Matt Alber’s e-mail on his website and shot him a quick e-mail:
Sometimes I am a bit late, but the other day I first saw the video for your song "End of the World." It was so romantic, I showed it to my husband.
We've been together for 7 years, and since we watched that video, it's as if we just started dating.
So I just want to say "Thank you.”
The best to you.
And Matt Alber surprised me by responding in just a few moments:
Wow, thank you for your sweet note. Made me smile!
So thank you again, Matt. Keep spreading the romance, guy.