Then, during our 10-minute break, as I headed down the hall to see whether I could perhaps scrounge a bite to eat from the vending machine, I jumped in surprise at the sound of my name being called out from behind. Spinning around, my face instantly lit up with joy as I saw my husband standing there holding out a freshly blended smoothie and a big box of granola bars. My stomach was grateful, and so was my heart.
Like many couples I’ve known, Stephen and I are not romantic in a conventional sense. He doesn’t bring me flowers, and I don’t leave him love notes. Instead, we consistently show our love through kind and thoughtful gestures that may appear small to those on the outside, but actually have a huge impact on our relationship. When I come home after a long day to find dinner waiting on the stove, or see that the recycling has been taken down without my asking, I know that my husband – the most giving and selfless man I know – loves me and values our partnership. And when I take the time to surprise him with cleanly folded laundry or a few uninterrupted hours of computer games, he knows how much I respect him and care about his happiness.
Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter exactly how a husband and wife express their love, as long as they both feel valued and cared for when all is said and done. What works for one couple may fail for another, and what makes one person happy may leave another feeling quite dissatisfied. This is where communication is key, allowing a couple to continue to grow in understanding one another and in truly being partners for life.
How do you typically express love?
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