Making nice dinners and buying surprise tickets is easy. But there are a lot of acts of love that go on in a long-term relationship about which outsiders know very little. Real love happens in the things that may not be Instagram-worthy, but when you’re the one experiencing them, you can feel that this is the stuff of a strong connection. It’s not always date nights and presents. Anybody can do that. Real love usually requires sacrifice, patience, and tolerance you didn’t even know you were capable of. When you really love someone, you can’t be happy when they aren’t happy. You can’t rest if they’re restless. You can’t even rejoice in your good things if they’re going through a hard time. You’re just connected like that. And so, you’ll find yourself doing things you didn’t really think you’d ever do for another human. Like these things.
Sitting on the bathroom floor
When your partner has food poisoning—no matter what the nature of it is—you sit on the bathroom floor with him. You’re there with a glass of water, to wipe his face off, or just to comfort him.