And on that wall, was a shelf. And on that shelf, were three framed pictures. And one of them caught my eye, and I couldn’t help staring at it for those 20 minutes of cardio. It’s a picture of my husband and I…kissing.
I mean, really smooching.
He wasn’t my husband at the time the picture was taken, he was my boyfriend. And I remember when we took the picture, with my digital camera (yes, it was before cell phone selfies), that we were celebrating our one-year dating anniversary. (For us, it was a big deal.)
He had surprised me and took me on a private sail-boat ride on the lake. It was just the two of us, and a man who introduced himself as “Captain Dan,” who sailed us around for hours after he scarfed down a can of sun-dried tomato tuna and Snack Pack in front of us. He was nice enough to be our captain.
He sailed us around for hours, as we sat in the back of the boat, so close, we looked like one person. The sky was orange and pink and the lake looked like glass.
And we kissed.
As I stared at the picture, above my treadmill, with no where else to look, I couldn’t help but wonder, “When did we stop taking kissing pictures?”
It must have been at least 7 years ago, when we got married. I think those were the last kissing pictures we have–on the beach, at our wedding ceremony. That our photographer took.
Hmm. I started to think. What made us stop?
Did we lose our wonder…of a simple kiss?
Now, he sleeps inches away from me. Every night. And sometimes I forget the wonder, that I once felt when he would brush against me. When he would lean in for a kiss. When his Jeep’s ignition would shut off, and we’d sit there in the dark.
We’ve been married seven years. And…
We still kiss. And he still tells me, with my pregnant body, and hormonal break-outs, that I’m beautiful–even though I don’t believe him. And I still think he’s so cute. Even though he just rolls his eyes when I tell him that.
I guess we both feel not-as-beautiful as we once did…
But I want to remember–what we felt then. I don’t want to let those two kids on the sail boat drift away as a memory. I would like to keep them right here, in front of me, kissing.
Kissing not just like he is leaving for work,
but kissing like he is leaving for war.
Because we’re not guaranteed one more day together. You know? And why do we treat each other like we are?
We don’t know when our last day together will be. We don’t.
And I don’t want to waste it, on stupid arguments that don’t matter. I don’t want to waste it rushing around, rushing past each other.
I want to remember the boy on the boat.
And not let him drift away.
And kiss him again. Simply kiss him.
Like he’s just killed the ignition in his Jeep.
And we’re sitting in the dark.
Feeling our way through.
To each other.