I found this great article in The Washington Post today. I am not really into Valentine’s Day – although this year I did get Drew a gift – but I found the challenge of distilling the story of a relationship into six words interesting.
Right away, I came up with this:
I hated you. You knew better.
I really did hate Drew when I first met him – and I don’t use the word “hate” lightly. He was SO annoying. Arrogant. Cocky. Smartass. He is still all of those things, but also many, many other, good, kind, gentle things.
I also thought of: I am still not sure. Are you?
Ok, that’s seven words. When we first started dating and things were getting serious, we would lay awake at night and ask each other: Are we doing the right thing? It’s sort of become a joke between us since then — we ask that every time we make a big decision. Drew’s answer is always a sort of inpatient “yes, of course we are doing the right thing.” But I am never that sure about anything. Not about getting married, or moving, or taking a new job, or buying a house, or picking a paint color. It’s comforting that he is sure — it somehow makes it OK for me not to be.
Come to think of it “are we doing the right thing” is six words. So there.