I love that I am most myself when I’m with you.
Somehow, you pull out even more of me than I’ve ever been able to.
If I really about it, I think it’s because you make me feel brave. And it takes a brave, brave thing to be yourself.
I’ll take the me that I am with you over the me that I am by myself any day.
I love that you are a low talker. And most people have to ask you to repeat yourself three times before they hear it right.
And I love that over time I’ve developed “Justin ears” and always hear it right on the very first time.
I’ll take your soft, certain voice over someone who is loud any day.
I love that what we are is not perfect. And it never has to try to be. Because that’s what makes it real.
I love that we disagree. I love that we fight. I love that you’re passionate enough to argue for what you believe in.
Like what kind of kitchen cabinets we should get and that the patina of the bathroom sink faucets always have to match the shower head.
I’ll take our real over someone else’s pretend perfect any day.
I love that you bring me water before I think to ask for it and know what my “usual” is at Starbucks.
I love that you buy me coffee even though you hate the smell of it. Even now that I’ve switched to decaf & you don’t really understand the point of it.
I love that you are a better cook than I am and that you do loads of laundry when I’m not looking.
And I love that you have every kind of tool known to man, and that you’ll work until you have blisters building this life of ours with your own two hands.
I’ll take our “built it ourself” life over any one else’s “had it handed to them” any day.
I love that you let me fall asleep during movies and stay awake so you can tell me the ending.
I love your homemade popcorn.
I love that you get hot in 57 degree heat weather. Because you’re what keeps me warm.
I love that we have nicknames and inside jokes and movie references and this whole other language that no one else will ever understand.
And just so you know, I’ll take any one of our days, full of all the small things that are really the big things, over a lifetime without you….
Well, any day.