There are three things I adore about the guy I’m seeing:
- He’s constantly affectionate and loving. He’s usually touching me or telling me how wonderful I am or both at the same time.
- He’s remarkably adult. He brings up and wants to talk about everything, from difficult topics to trivia. He doesn’t shy away from controversial conversations.
- We laugh together a lot!
Yet we are not immune to relationship hiccups. As two people get to know one another, there are always going to be moments when feelings are hurt or boundaries challenged.
We had our first such issue several days ago: I cried; he cried. Later he apologized via voicemail (I didn’t answer his calls) and text.
I texted back: “I hope you know a good florist.”
Sure enough, I arrived home to fresh flowers within 48 hours.
A few days later, we’d talked it over, snuggled a bit, made up and were ready to laugh about things. I teased, “It all goes downhill from here, you know. A couple of years down the road, it’s ‘I hope you know a good jeweler.'”
“Damn! And then a few years after that, I suppose it’s ‘I hope you know a good Audi dealer,'” he played along.
“I like the way you think!” I said. And we giggled together.
There will undoubtedly be more difficult discussions and challenging times ahead, but the way we handled this hiccup gives me hope that we can navigate even the bigger ones.