“Enduring as heaven and earth – no love however ancient can ever die;
Timeless as light and shadow – no debt of breeze and moonlight can ever be repaid.”
- Tsao Hsueh Chin – From “The Dream of The Red Chamber”
This week I was dining with husband and wife friends in their lovely home. I marvelled at the feast they put before me – fine wine, fine food, fine friends.
But what caught my eye was their love for one another, quietly and effortlessly. Their exchanges had the comfort of knowing one another for 30+ years.
As we were finishing dinner, I asked them, “Tell me, what is the secret ingredient for such a loving relationship?” They smiled and laughed. I pressed further, trying to coax and cajole an answer from them. They continued to smile and laugh.
Stumped, I rolled my eyes upward and caught their “secret” on display. I saw three words hung above their patio door and then I laughed with them!
These two little letters appeared quite unexpectedly!
In an e-mail from an Ex, “us” reminded me of some pretty powerful memories from the past. In fact, I was quite surprised that 25 years have not erased them.
He simply wrote “think back to us”.
So I did and back then, we were “we” as well as “us” and all the two letter words that go hand in hand in couple-dom.
And while thinking about “us”, I realized that all is well with “me, myself, and I.”