Chris has been away since Saturday and I’m really missing him. It’s a good feeling – to miss someone – isn’t it? I not only love my husband – I really like him too! It’s been marvelous to have this past year together – me writing and Chris often doing his virtual teaching from the back room. Neither of us have worked from home before, let alone together, so it took a bit of getting used to but we seemed to have made the necessary adjustments and it’s been good. Really good. I like being around Chris. I like seeing him all day.
Unfortunately, it looks like Chris is going to be doing a lot more travelling this fall so I need to get used to the quiet house. It makes for great writing days but the nights are lonely. I was thinking today about what I miss most when Chris travels. It didn’t take long to figure it out.
Ever since Chris and I met, we have always walked each other to the door when one of us is leaving and met each other at the door when one of us returns. It’s just something we do. There is nothing I love more than walking in the door and knowing that no matter what Chris is doing, he will stop, get up, come to the door and give me a huge hug. Ditto for me too – Chris knows that I will be at the door to welcome him home.
I always appreciate it when Chris waves to me as I drive away and I have gotten used to waiting at the door and waving to Chris when he leaves as well. It’s probably a bit silly…I know…but we just keep doing it. I can’t speak for Chris but I can tell you that it makes me feel special and loved. It’s just a small thing but it’s a BIG deal.
I guess what I’m saying is that the small things matter in a marriage. Mother Teresa once said, ” We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
I like that perspective.