Monday, February 14, 2011

It Must Be Love

My husband and I aren't usually very romantic about Valentine's Day.  That's probably a good thing, since our romantic lunch plans for today got torpedoed by the kids being home from school.  (We had planned to go out for lunch to our favorite sushi place, but I forgot there was a half-day at school.  Nuts!)  No big deal - we'll try again another day.  Tonight he's working later, and he'll be helping me with house cleaning, our usual Monday routine. 

I guess we've settled into "old married couple" land, knowing that the little everyday kindnesses mean more than the yearly Hallmark-mandated holiday.  After a really difficult time last year, we seem to be finding a new "normal" in our relationship, and it's a good one.  Helpfulness, kindness, respect and affection are worth more than any short-lived emotional passion.  Passion fades; love lasts forever.  (But a bit of passion now and then is still a very good thing!)