Dear Mr. Melissa Blake:
It wasn't long until I thought of you, Sweetpea. Well, I suppose, I thought of us (still trying to wrap my head around a future where I am part of an 'us'), and I'm making a Couple's Decision for us right now, way back in 2015: This is our quote. Is that even a thing? I mean, do couples have quotes? I figure that if they can have songs, then we can have quotes. And this one will be ours. I can just picture it now: Printed in pretty calligraphy on our wedding invitations, or maybe even a snippet of it inscribed inside our wedding rings. Oh, the possibilities are endless. What? You don't like the wedding ring idea? Well, we'll just see about that one.
Now don't get me wrong here. I'm still a forever hopeless romantic with visions of soul mates and grand, romantic-comedy style speeches in my head. The truth is, you can't help who you fall in love with -- there's no logic or reason when it comes to the actual falling. But after that? That's when you get into the choice aspect of it all. We make choices all the time -- what to eat, where to go, where to live, what to do, what TV shows to binge-watch over the long weekend. And every choice helps to shape us and chart our course into the future, even if only a little bit.
Sure, you can declare your love for someone in some sweeping gesture that rivals even the Greek gods themselves, but for me, it's what comes after said declaration that is far more important. Life is scary and messy and complicated; it forces us to make choices at every single turn. It forces us to act
I'm going to choose you even when life gets scary and messy and complicated.
I choose you.
There are some 7 billion people in this world. Of all those people, I choose you. And I'll keep choosing you every single day. That's something pretty special, don't you think, Sweetpea? Until we meet... xoxo
P.S. In reading this back, I can't help but notice that it all sort of reads like some dramatic monologue in a late '90s teen soap on the WB -- I'm looking at you, Dawson Leery. I'm OK with that, and I still choose you. :)