A little story.
A girl and a boy meet on April Fool's day. (It's True) The girl laughs so hard she needs massage therapy on her cheeks from smiles-too-hard, too long.
The girl and the boy become friends. Laughter was their MO. They date each other's roommates, but NEVER each other. They fall in love 9 months later, and then decide to date each other... a few weeks later? Engaged. Wham. (It's a Utah thing.)
Fast Forward 7 years later...
That boy graduated from Law School, that girl traded in the work out of the home for the mommy work IN the home. 2 little girls were that work. The boy, is now an associate in a high powered NYC law firm, and his commute is longer than some people's actual work day. He always misses dinner, heck he misses whole weekends!
At one point they sat talking (late at night since that's all they seemed to have left). And they realized there wasn't any laughter. Not enough in common to have common things to laugh about. She complained, "you don't make me laugh anymore." He replied, "if we don't see movies together, I have nothing to imitate and make fun of."
What to do?
Toss in the towel, let the 7 year itch win the battle?
Not for these scratchy two.
Nope. The girl read a book called 'Your Money or Your Life'. She changed her mindset. And the boy started calculating. If they sold the house, they could pay off most of the law student loans. And those loans had been feeling like a massive ugly monster on their backs for much too long... And they finished the kitchen remodel they had started that fall... And they prepared to bring another child into their family... And he found a job near the extended family... and they sold that teeny-tiny, oh so charming, 100 year old, (hate the boiler), but all their own...first home.
And ahhhh. Life was still busy. Life was still a big happy mess. But they watched movies together again. (Can we get a cheer for NetFlix!) They laughed at the new and the old. The good and the crazy. (I couldn't resist.)
No. Grizzly Adams did not move in. THAT is what I came home from BlissDom to...
Post Script 2
We recently netflixed House Bunny. It's raucus and even has a few swear words. But oh my gosh we laughed so hard we had to rewind to see the parts we were laughing so hard that we missed. And now whenever we meet someone new we feel the need to repeat their name in a monster voice, "NATaLIE."