Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Stoke that flame

Before I got married I heard countless war stories of couples falling out of love. Couples whose relationship had burned hot and heavy and with time dulled down to a small little flame, so easily snuffed out when the winds of adversity blew their way. Stories of pairs who let their familiarity become confused with the ordinary, mundane, banal. Duos who ran out of ways to surprise the other and found the lack of excitement oppressive.

Well, my friends, that hasn't happened for the ear doctor and I. And, hope against hope, it won't ever. He surprises me almost every day with new little awesome things about him.

Take Sunday. We were casually driving from church to check out a few open houses and he pulled out an innocent peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was cut, the correct way, on the diagonal, from corner to corner. I had inserted the sandwich in its protective plastic sleeve with the bottom of the loaf to the bottom of the baggie. He paused, looked up at me and said, "I don't know if you know this about me, but I like to eat the bottom half first."

He then went on to explain that he really loved the chewy top of the loaf the best and so he kept it to the very end so that he could savor it in his last, final, perfect bite.

I thought this was hilarious. To have a preferred way to eat a peanut butter sandwich? Who thinks of these things?

Yup. That's all it takes for me. So maybe the lesson here isn't try to keep the mystery alive so much as teach yourself to be easily entertained?


mosey along said...

Y'know what - it's the apparently nonsensical stuff that keeps the fires burning. About 12 years ago my hubby and I were on our way to the airport after a great week in Hawaii. He all of a sudden turned to me with the most downtrodden face and said mournfully "we didn't have any coconuts" (while we were there). And here it is 12 years later and I still chuckle over it.

{Erica} said...

I eat my sandwhich the exact same way! McVet likes to eat the pointy parts off each side first...

You have just answered my question as to why (to some extent) my husband and I are still together. I am so quirky with everything that he'll find new and "intresting" things about me for years to come :)

Janssen said...

TOTALLY better to eat the bottom first and save the delicious top for last. The bottom? Yucksville.

Mo said...

I want a peanut butter sandwich now.
We've got a lot of quirks too that will hopefully keep us interesting to one another for many years to come. The FI doesn't like peanut butter, but will eat cereal with chocolate milk.
"It tastes so much better this way!"

Robyn said...

Too funny! That's the same way I cut and eat every sandwich... not just pb&j... so much better that way! :)

Mindy said...

I like the middle of all sandwiches the best. So, I eat them in the round. I almost always eat the crust first, starting with the bottom, working my way to the top, more yummy crust, and then on to the prize-filled delicious middle!