My wife and I have a very comfortable romance. We love date nights as much as any other couple, but we also enjoy a cozy night enjoying our favorite past times. A couple of years ago, before the twins were born, my wife drew this image of what one of our typical evenings might look like. The picture was a nice snapshot of our home at the time. Jody is there, I'm there, tons of books are there, our two cats (Goose and Pumpkin) are there, and so is our dog Oreo.
The image is of our home a few years ago, so if she were to draw it today Oreo and Pumpkin would be absent from the picture. Both were quite old when she drew the image and neither are still with us today. There would also be two tremendously energetic twin daughters in the image, and Jody and I would look a little more exhausted. We would still look just as comfortable. We have a comfortable romance. There is no one I would rather spend every day of my life with.
Since my wife is a cartoonist, I'll put it in cartoon terms. Linus has his blanket, and I have Jody. I feel just as lost without her as Linus did without his blanket. There is an emptiness in the small moments I am away from her, and her smile is all that can fill it.