Had I actually looked at a calendar before making the prompts this month, I would have probably put flowers for today since it’s Valentine’s Day. But, I didn’t so we ended up with fish. Actually, Philippe and I don’t really do anything unique to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Years ago, when we first started dating, we went out to a special dinner. Unfortunately, we were seated family style and had to listen to the conversations of the other couples two inches away from us and could barely hear own. We could have tried another restaurant the following year, but instead we started a lovely new tradition of just staying the hell home and away from crowds of any kind. It was never a decision that we discussed much, it’s just one of those things you do when you’re with a compatible person. Words aren’t necessary, and you never have to argue about what should happen next as it just feels like the natural choice. That’s a lovely thing indeed. Whether it’s a good friend or a life partner, or that happy combination of both, I hope you’ve spent some quality time today with the person you love most!
They do say opposites attract, which is true in many cases, but when it comes to the important things, it’s always better when you’re in agreement. Sometimes, I think Philippe and I share too many similarities when it comes to being introverts. Weeks will go by and neither of us will notice it’s been a bit too long since we’ve had friends over. We’re happily in our little routine, lost in our own thoughts, and quietly going about life each day. Then, suddenly we’ll stare at each other like coming out of a trance, and one of us will text a friend immediately to remedy the problem. And it’s always a fun time and we say we should do this more often, and then that never quite seems to happen. But it’s the thought that counts and I hope my friends know that I’m thinking of them and sending them love today, even if I forget to text. I never call, because I don’t really like using the phone app very much.
With so many quirks to spare, it’s no wonder why I love surrounding myself with other artists. It feels safe and like being at home. Though as a fellow artist, you may judge my art, you can’t judge me for my quirky behavior, because it’s very likely you do a similar or equally quirky thing. That’s very comforting. And way more interesting than those so-named “normal folk” who always seem to do things just as one might expect. And though Philippe and I won’t be doing anything eventful this evening, it will still be special. A moment to remind ourselves just how lucky we are to have found each other, even when we were an ocean apart. What feels like such a simple and routine life now, started out with so much doubt and uncertainty. Sometimes, fate just insists that things happen in a certain way. And when you look across the table and catch the eyes of someone you love in the light of a flickering candle, you suddenly realize fate knows just what it’s doing. Spinning life in just the right way to make that incredibly wonderful two of a kind.
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