There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage. Even if there were, mine would be far from a candidate for the title. We’ve got our moments of crazy, and we both carry plenty of baggage. So does everyone! That’s life!
But every once in a while, the most romantic moment will come along and I’m just overwhelmed at how incredible love is. Today, a glass of tea ushered in one of those moments…
We work together, me as director of marketing and he as executive chef, at an upscale assisted living home. We’ve been SO busy at work lately, and today was as intense as ever. I was working hard, deep in concentration, and focusing completely on how I can best serve a family who is looking at our home as a possible residence for their dad. As part of the process, families often eat a meal with us, and today was such a time. I gave our drink order to one of our care managers, Kathleen, and she headed to the kitchen. She returned in a few moments with salads and drinks. Everyone else had water, but I had asked for iced tea. Normally I’d have water because I like my tea sweet and we serve only unsweetened tea at work. But I felt the little caffeine would be just what I needed, so I went for tea, figuring I’d drink it plain since I don’t do packets of sweetener. When Kathleen put down our drinks, I was deep in conversation, focused on the issues this family is facing with their father. In mid-conversation, I took a sip of my tea and…
Cold, and sweet, and wonderful.
Not the kind of sweet you get from a pink packet.
Washing down my throat, and over my heart, was the knowledge that my husband had just stood in the kitchen in the middle of his busy lunch service, made a simple syrup, and sent an authentic glass of sweet tea to me.
A few seconds later, he popped in with the food. I wanted to run across the room and tackle him, kiss his face and tell him how incredible it is to be loved like that. I couldn’t. I had to maintain my professional composure. But inside, I was being melted by a glass of iced tea. (I *might* have sent him a “for your eyes only” text later… you know… just to express my sentiments.)
We might not have much. We’re working extra jobs and stretching our pennies and our time and our emotions to make this family work. Really though, it doesn’t take much. I don’t need diamonds, don’t need prestige, don’t need exotic vacations. What could be hotter than a man who not only would make me a glass of tea, but is willing to spend thirty seconds of the busiest, most intense part of his day to make sure mine is sweet?
That’s sexy. It’s love. It’s incredible.
Feel free to print this and pass it along to any significant other who may need to consider making a glass of tea. (Here’s a link to a great article showing you how) Or maybe you should make one for someone yourself???