What is true love? If you watch most movies it’s about being heroic and selfless to the point of sacrificing everything for the person of your affection. If you look on social media it usually involves coming up with some grand and elaborate gesture that will stop all your friends and families in their tracks and make them admire your creative thoughtfulness. But in reality, at least from my perspective, love is won or lost every day in the smallest seemingly inconsequential gestures.
It’s about putting forth the effort to help out and listen to your loved one even after you feel like you were run through the metaphorical wood-chipper that day. Sure the sacrifices and grand gestures are great at keeping things fresh, but in my opinion, lasting relationships aren’t built on such fleeting momentous occasions, but rather on just trying to be there in every possible way for your significant other. Every day. Period.
So when Amy Betters-Midtvedt posted a note on Facebook about what real love looks like, there’s a damn fine reason it went viral, and I’d advise everyone to pay heed to her words very carefully. In her own words, the note reads as follows:
Listen up young ones. This is what your knight in shining armor looks like when you are in your 40’s.
Yes, that’s my amazing husband who is arriving on the scene with his credit card because what you can’t see is me, standing next to a cart super full of groceries that I couldn’t pay for because I couldn’t find my wallet. Not sure you can tell, but he’s smiling at me. Yup…he had to leave work and he is smiling. His only words of admonishment were, “You’re not supposed to be grocery shopping I said I’d go this week.”
Seriously. Young people, this is what love looks like when you’re old and it’s ridiculous how awesome it is.