Today is the day for appreciating the people you love. Last year I sent valentines to all of my people, this year I am a roly-poly mess of no sleep and slow walking… so valentines (and half my christmas cards… shhh) took a hit. So I think instead of grand gestures, a little thoughtfulness on the little happies is in order. This is the relationship edition (I know, barf, gag, etc…) so feel free to share your small happies in comments!
How waking up in the middle of the night for a waffle and/or to wander the apartment in a fit of crazy, go look outside at shooting stars, spend a few insomnia hours reading the internet is a totally acceptable group activity on a school night.
Farting. Because sometimes it is even applauded, and thank god for that.
How I am still excited to see him when I get off the train. How I look for him in the crowd, how he is looking for me – every day – and how happy and relieved I always am when I find him.
Underpants are a totally acceptable outfit on the weekends.
We make each other better creative people.
Even when I very much do not agree, Kamel will stop mid thought or mid activity and say, “You are so pretty. I married the prettiest one.” And when I say, “I look like an egg!” He says, “I’d hit that.” And I know he means it.
When things get quiet in the kitchen and I yell over, “What are you eating??” and Kamel responds with a mouthful – “Nothing!”
Our mutual delight in kid food. Like fruity pebbles, toaster strudels, spaghettios, mac and cheese, hot dogs, and the nachos with the weird nacho cheese that they pump out of the bin at sporting events.
How much I hate the way he chews.
How much he hates how I never put my shoes away.
How much I hate how he sings in the morning. All of the time. The most annoying songs in the world.
How much he delights when those songs get stuck in my head and he catches me singing them too. Fucker.
Our mutual enthusiasm for sitting on the couch.
Our mutual enthusiasm for grand adventures.
How I have no idea how to end this list because I just keep thinking of other things to say. But eventually I have to stop because otherwise it will become ridiculous and everyone will puke all over their computers because of the lovey dovey valentines day overload, and just think about how expensive that would be if everyone broke their computers from gag-reflex-barfing? I would feel so guilty about that.
Happy Valentines Day internet! It is a totally stupid holiday but there is often free candy and it’s nice to tell people you love them.