To My Husband: Thank You For Our Average Love

Elizabeth Tsung

Some say you fall in love, while others say you choose it.

I say love found me because I wasnt searching for it when you came into my life at the innocent age of 12. In fact, I dont even think I knew what love was. My frizzy hair, T-shirt, and ill-fitting jeans certainly suggested I wasnt trying to lure love in.

Still, love found me just the same at that art table so many years ago. Your blue eyes and blond hair whispered to me. Something about the way you looked at me roped me in. I cant say why or how or what even happened that day in August. All I knew was once love found me, it didnt let me go.

Over the years, weve built a life together. Weve graduated from high school and the typical prom photos to a settled-in life. We shared first kisses and first dates. We endured first fights and doubts. We stepped through many stages of life, always together. Weve walked through many storms hand in hand, heart glued to heart, and eyes locked on each other.

We said I do, and we signed for our not-quite dream home but dream enough for us. We bought a dog and way too many cats. Weve grown up and grown together.

Theres nothing special about us, not really. Our love story started when we were young, and weve managed to prove monogamy is possible. But other than that, were just an average couple living an average love story.

Still, you remind me every single day that love stories dont have to be extraordinary or full of twists and turns to be exciting. Youve shown me over the years that love stories arent about flashy events and grand gestures.

The love I have with you is a soul building love. Its a solid love. Its a simple love.

Its funny because even though Im a romance writer, our romance typically consists of lounging in our house in our comfy clothes watching Netflix. We spent last Valentines Day at home on the sofa, surrounded by our mastiff and our cats. We ate pizza and watched a mediocre movie.

Theres no place, no Valentines Day, Id have rather been.

Our romance isnt about building a novel-worthy tale for others to gawk at. Our romance, our love story isnt about impressing upon others the obviousness of our love.

Being with you has shown me that love comes in many, simple forms.

Our love story is awkwardly dancing around the kitchennothing like in the moviesto an odd song we have in our head. Its when we both come home from the grocery store with a carton of eggs and a surprise candy for each other because were on the same page but cant manage to text each other. Its a funny meme you send to my phone on a Monday that just totally fits with whats happening in my day. Its the look we give across the room because we know exactly what were thinking. Its the joy we get of doing nothing but sitting around the house together, laughing at our laziness but being totally content.

We have a simple love, an average love, a love few would be excited to read about. But thats what our love has shown me. The most simplistic, average love story is often the one that resonates with us the most. Its the one thats most important.

Each love story is a beautiful, romantic saga in its own right. Thank you for reminding me to celebrate that.

To my husbandthank you for an average, simple love. I wouldnt have it any other way.

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