Time goes by so fast.
It marked Mr. Lucas and my third go 'round on this crazy domestic train. And apparently the gift for three years is Italian food. Thanks for the risotto and tiramisu, Corey...it's what I always wanted! I hope you enjoyed your slab of meat and cream puffs because I put a whole lotta thought into it.
When you've been together long enough, seven years total for us, I'm learning the every day interactions lose a little bit of that spark from the earlier times. Conversations are less about the "I love yous" and more "make sure you clean the toilet before John and Liz come for dinner...they don't need to know we're tamale-intolerant!" Which is why it's so important to set aside days every now and then to revisit what brought you together in the first place.
An anniversary is the easiest place to start.
The following is advice to you taken from my magical day; use what I've learned to create a little romance with your boo:
- Wake your mate up early. Trust me, he's going to love smelling your morning breath through your whispered sweet nothings. He may ask you if you swallowed trash the night before, but this is just his way of saying, "hey, you are special to me."
- Go to work. All day. Don't take the day off; absence makes the heart grow fonder. It also makes you forget for a second that you can't plan a meeting for right after work so maybe keep a little sticky note nearby as a reminder.
- Don't talk on the phone either. It's easier to not fight about whether you may or may not have forgotten to mention you will be going out of town for the weekend if you do not speak at all.
- When you are both reunited, go buy some running shoes. For your partner. In the pouring rain. He probably won't use them for the next several weeks, but this really is the best possible time to do it.
- Next, drive to the pet store and buy your dog a bag of Greenies. While it is still raining.
- Go home. Put dry clothes on. You're going to a fancy restaurant for dinner, for goodness sake.
- Try that place you used to love but haven't been to in awhile. And take their only table in the bar. Yes, it will be the size of your bathroom sink but that can only bring you both together.
- Splurge! Have your one glass of wine for the month on this day! And then giggle uncontrollably as you fight your significant other for the last piece of bread.
- Make conversation. Talk politics, let him laugh at just how little you know about the state of our national debt for someone who works for a politician. Just remember as he posts your nonsense on Facebook he's laughing with you.
- When you get home, put on some pjs, get ready for a night of snuggling to one of your shows, grumble about how you're too full to watch Chopped on Food Network and then drift into a Riesling induced fit of slumber full of dreams about having to share your man with the girl who lived next to you in the dorms your freshman year only to be reminded that, yep, he's all yours as he wakes you up with a snort and yanking of all the covers.
Now, enjoy your own magic making, friends. I'm so glad I could help.