Monday, February 6, 2012

Bathroom Monologue: Deceptions of Love

"When did I stop popping breath mints before we kissed? When did you stop shaving your legs, and start picking your teeth with your pinky nail like that? Tonight I sat down next to you and didn't even think to suck in my gut. When did we become... ourselves? Ourselves in front of each other? We're not pretending so we can impress each other anymore. Last night, I used your toothbrush because I simply didn't care. I shouldn't feel okay telling you that. I should be terrified you'd catch on. The same way you should be terrified that I'll realize you don't actually like football. I saw you rolling your eyes last night. Two years ago, you would have gouged them out sooner than let me catch that. We're starting to be honest with each other, and it's indecent. It's sick. What did you do to make me love you so much that I didn't mind being unimpressive around you?"

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  1. Awww... that's nice, John. And so true.
    I like the way you take the glacial pace of becoming "ourselves" and condense it into such a short piece. It's lovely in its truth and simplicity.

    (How could you possibly know I use my pinky nail to pick my teeth?)

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    1. We're always watching, Cathy! Even guys notice some things.

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  2. I love this and I love how he is so accusing, like it happened to him rather than with him. Nicely done, Sir.

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  3. Oh so true. I tell my hub sometimes that he fooled me. He had a thick curly head of hair when we first met, but not so anymore. It's too late to trade him in LOL (Nor would I want to). MMM And a true story: my mom didn't know my dad had no teeth until after they were married she saw a set of teeth sitting beside the bed in a glass.

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    1. This only makes me dread how I will age...

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  4. So true. It's scary to realize you're so comfortable with someone.

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    1. I find there are angles on it. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's elating.

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  5. Umm,about a week after we were married. 13 years later, you wouldn't believe the things we do in front of eachother.

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    1. After thirteen years, I'd imagine just about anything that didn't require you be separated by a door, and even then, half of those.

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  6. It sneaks up. But an honest relationship is soooo much better - despite being a tad gross somedays.

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    1. Can't fight that. If lovers can't be honest, then it's not a worthwhile enterprise.

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  7. Ah unimpressive is a sign of true love •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•

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