I laid flat on my back on our bedroom floor, trying to catch my breath. Already tired from my workout at the gym, I came home to do a few more exercises to strengthen my core.
My husband walked in, leaned down on all fours over me and gently kissed my lips.
"How are you this morning?" he asked, his nose half an inch from mine, his voice low, hampering my attempt to lower my heart rate.
"Fine. Just need to finish these up."
He got up, settled himself on the bed and asked, "What do you have to do?"
Feeling a little self-conscious, I went through my routine while he watched. His mouth curved ever so slightly, his eyes sparkled, his entire being rapt in my little exercises. It was the same look I get when he's listening to me go on and on about something, a special attention to every word. He seemed genuinely delighted, delighted in me, his sweaty, smelly wife with flat hair and no makeup, performing a mundane daily task.
The way he looked at me made me feel as giddy as a young girl in love and I kept going through my motions to extend our flirty game. I saved the most awkward for last, a neck exercise that resembles a strutting chicken, knowing he would find it hysterical. He didn't disappoint, bursting into fits of laughter as I tried to demonstrate.
Though I gave him a firm slap on the rear, my heart treasured the goofy, ordinary encounter, the reminder from his delighted eyes that I mean something to him. He does a great job communicating his love for me, but simple moments like these leave no doubt.
Are you catching the simple moments in your house, friends? Are you seeing that look in his eye? Do you notice the touch on your back as he walks by? Are you enjoying your inside jokes? Do you share those knowing smiles? Do you sense the comfort of the other as you curl up on the couch watching a movie? Those beautiful snippets of time, those daily reminders of your togetherness, bind you and establish a lifetime of connection. Don't miss them. Cherish them.
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