I remember a time when our weekends mostly consisted of rented movies, lots of wine, and endless board game battles. Back then we were just two young people in love with very little responsibility other than to make it to and from work and back into each others’ arms. Nowadays we’re a little bit older and a lot wiser it seems. Our Saturdays and Sundays are filled with paying bills, errand runs, and thoughtful walks in the park. We’re married now, so I suppose the time had to come when we’d prefer Home Goods over Dave & Busters and the newest fusion food spot over a late night Wendy’s run. I just never imagined it would happen so fast. Did you? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all. It’s just fascinating watching from within as you grow with your partner, go through certain changes in life, and come out on the other side different but yet somehow still the same. I think it’s a good thing.
We’re smarter and more focused as a team now but we haven’t lost that thing that made us click day one – our fun, free spirits. I smile proudly at the thought of you and I sitting down on the couch together to make weekly budgets and check off to-do lists (how grown-up of us!), then smirk at the fact that we still put things like “buy a new video game” or “teach the dog to get the car keys” on that list. Clearly we’re still the same two “nerds” who fell in love on a warm summer night back in July bonding over our love for Law and Order and Maroon 5, yet we’re also these two more mature and polished versions of those people who’ve chosen to be better than we were before, together.
I’m just proud of us honey, and I want you to know that you should be too. The other night when we both chose going to bed early (on a Saturday night no less) instead of staying up to watch SNL I thought, “who are these people?” Then we broke out into an impromptu rendition of Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” while sharing the bathroom getting ready for bed and I thought, “oh, right, I do know them!” Here’s to change, and to staying the same! I love you.