Love may have pulled us together with want and adventure. Love may crackle between us–beautiful, fun, exciting, and powerful. But we both know that you can love someone and not have or give what you need because that’s how we loved each other as teenagers. And that kind of love doesn’t last. Thankfully, we made better use of our second chance than our first and the longer our love goes on, the more I realize all that it isn’t.
It isn’t love that deepens, that’s respect.
It isn’t love that gets stronger, that’s trust.
It isn’t love that brings an end to insecurity, that’s intimacy.
It isn’t love that apologizes, that’s humility.
And it isn’t love that forgives mistakes, that’s grace.
Sixteen years and my love for you is still burning as bright and hot as when it first began but so much stronger and steadier now because of all those other things.
It’s those things that have sustained us through our life’s lowest lows and brought us up to our highest highs. And it’s not just that I can rely on you for them, but also that you’re a man I want to give them to, that keeps your ring on my finger and my heart in your hands. Of course, I love you, darlin’, but that’s not nearly all. : )