We both woke up at 2:00 AM this morning. I was trying not to bother Joe, he was trying not to bother me. After a few minutes a tired voice said, 'Well, should be just turn on the lights and read for a bit.' We didn't turn on the lights but we did have a long talk about some important things.
Some times chats in the early morning dark are important to have. We live a busy life and even though we spend lots of time together - talk time, important talk time, can be put aside for a later that never comes. After about a half an hour we'd made some important decisions, mapped out a bit more clearly our expectations and goals for the next year or so, reassured each other that we intend to listen and talk (in that order) a little bit more often.
So, needless to say, we had a very slow day today. We went to see 'Easy Virtue' and laughed ourselves silly. We browsed in the bookstore and strolled a bit in the neighbourhood. It was a day to be gentle with each other and to lower expectations - we were tired. But the tired was made bearable in that decisions had been made and we both felt like we were on the same path.
Joe's bad knees were acting up so he limped a bit as he walked beside me in my wheelchair. People probably thought they were seeing two older men, but they were wrong they were seeing some very young plans.