Here's your advance notice - this posting isn't one that is funny ha ha, but it is one that absolutely puts a smile on my face.
The past few days I've been able to witness half of "whole". This particular half is a very intelligent man, in my (accurate) opinion. He has a quirky sense of humor, is thoughtful of other people, and has been visiting us for a very important event even though his wife wasn't able to. And he's missed her terribly. I don't know that he would say that's the right word, terribly, but a part of him is definitely different without her - you can tell that part of him is more settled, happier, and at peace when she is around.
I love that. I love the example they set. In this world there is so much heartache. So much distrust. So much malice. It's wonderful to see firsthand that after many decades together, the kindness - love - the changes that take place when you give yourself to someone else's care - that couples do this and years later it's still so tender and such a wonderful thing.
There's a change that takes place when you trust your heart to someone. Trust them with your dreams, your hopes, your fears. Trust them with everything possible. You do change. How wonderful it is to see couples years further than yourself who have done this very thing and still are doing it. Still are taking care of each other. Still love each other. And it's something more cherished.
I love to see this. It gives me hope for my own future. It reassures my insecurities. It makes my heart happy. So thank you for this. Thank you for being an example to me. Thank you for being an example for my children. And it always will put a smile on my face.