A wife says to her husband of fifty years as they lie in bed one night, “when we were young, you used to hold my hand each night.” Slowly, a little irritable, his hand reaches out until it finds hers.
“And when we were young,” she goes on, “you used to snuggle up against me in bed.” A little more slowly, her husband’s body creaks and turns until it is nestling against hers.
“And when we were young, you used to nibble on my ear.” Abruptly the covers are thrown back, and the man lurches out of bed. “Where are you going?” she asks, a little hurt. “To get my teeth,” he grumbles.
It’s one thing to be romantic and nibble on an ear, when you’re twenty-one, with bubbling hormones on a star-lit night with soft music playing. It’s quite another when your old, and achy, your sweetie is wearing a hearing aid, you have false teeth, and the room smells of eau de Ben Gay.
I often remind young couples that I marry that they need to be committed for the long-haul. Marriage is not a sprint, but a marathon. The vows say “till death do us part.” None of us know when that is coming, but hopefully it is a long way off. It takes work to keep the candle of romance burning.
Life has a way of getting in the way. Busyness, and kids, and responsibilities, and physical challenges all conspire to sap the romance out of your relationship. It will take some creative effort to keep the spark alive. (You have to give the old guy in my initial story credit – at least he was going to get his teeth!) So here’s my advice for the week. Put your teeth in (if necessary) forgo the Ben Gay for an evening and go nibble on your sweetheart’s ear. Let her (or him) know that you still care.
Have a great week!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson