When Mike and I first started dating, I used to leave him post-it notes, around his house, on his car windshield. (This was pre-social media, pre-excessive texting.) I'd tell him to have a good day, wish him luck on such-and-such quiz, thank him for an awesome date the night before, and I even wrote a few notes pretending to be Molly. ("Take me for a walk. I can bite you in your sleep, you know?" I thought I was hilarious.)
He saved them all, dozens of post-its going on and on about how awesome I thought 2004 Mike was.
I stumbled upon the box last week, searching for things to put on our nostalgia wall. It softened me instantly because I was so obviously a girl in love. I fell quick and hard for Mike, and it's funny looking back on those early love notes. I didn't hide it nearly as well as I thought I did.
I think Mike is just as awesome these days (although, oh boy, did I find his disregard for the dishes cuter in 2004 than I do in 2013). I try to tell him as such, that I think he's great and I still feel so lucky for him, but there is a lot more working, parenting, commuting, cooking, and bill-paying going on these days. I call him to ask if he changed our insurance policy and to remind him to put Kyle's soccer games on his Google calendar, and I forget to say "Also, you looked great this morning."
It's fine, we're fine, we're better than fine, in fact, but sometimes "You look good" is just NICER to hear than "Make sure you take the trash out."
We had a lot more time to fill up post-its with sweet thoughts back then, that's true. We were drinking beer and going to class, start and stop of our lives (I MISS YOU COLLEGE), but I somehow found the time to watch two entire Veronica Mars episodes (that I'd already seen a BAJILLION times before) last night, so we have less time but just as much time too. We're busier but still lazy.
Basically writing a note takes no time at all if you just make the time to do it. A box full of notes reminded me of that.
So, yeah, I bought a whole pack of post-its on Amazon the other day.
2013 Mike is awesome, and he deserves a few brightly colored reminders.