Author's Note: Relationships can be unexpectedly simple and complex at the same time. Here are a couple of examples.
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i remember so clearly those little boy days when any blossom would be the right thing to take home to the most important girl in my tiny life mother never complained that i brought her weeds more than anything else didn't scold me if somehow i managed to pull pink buds from her sweet pea patch growing of course means losing that innocent gesture in favor of expensive bouquets for the next "most important girl" with the attendant risk of having them casually almost cruelly taken with a comment about how something else would have been more to her liking but today, in a turning upside down my current best girl surprised me after work with a gift she found hiking doing her naturalist thing a single golden leaf, bits of green still smiling through "here," she said. "this is for you. it's a black oak leaf." and the child in me could only stare in quiet awe at the simplicity and complexity of what had just happened
one is softness and curves two is short and boxy one's eyes sparkle and laugh two's have 16 million colors i speak to one unkindly, and she leaves i curse two and she sits submissive before me one knows my quirks, and smiling makes allowance while two unblinking forces adaptation (i'm not sure yet which one of them causes me more frustration) one dances with me cheek to cheek and makes me smile two plays the songs that one has never sung one settles for what substance i provide while two is ever growing, never satisfied one tires, needs to sleep, or deal with children two is all days, always ready for my touch each of them brings wonder and enjoyment to my life, but which do i love better — my computer or my wife?
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