Normal Life

Nathan and I had one appointment early this morning that I will write about later, but after that we were home free (except I had to finish work).

It was our first time to really just spend the day “hanging out” without having very formal, very anxiety-inducing-but-necessary activities filling our day.

It was, you know, a normal kind of day.

A normal kind of Friday, that includes finishing work, going out to eat, and going to a movie.

You know, normal dating, the kind without all the meeting-the-parents stuff.

It was good.

So far, everyone has been on their best behavior, which is good and lovely, and everyone has been delightful. Truly.

But that’s not the same as “normal”, when Emily is tired from work and hungry from a long day that started early, and Nathan is stuck with her, and all the while there are still dishes that need doing and trash that needs taking out.

(Nathan totally took out the trash without me even asking for help, by the way, I just want to point that out).

Dreamy romantic dates full of sunflowers and waltzes, lakes and rivers, ducks and dragonflies, fireflies and ice cream… well, these are all lovely and good and beyond amazing, but what about real life?

Today was a real life kind of day.

Know what? I loved it just as much.

It was cozy, somehow, good and cozy.

We have long, hard months ahead while we are still apart, and so a day of normal in between festivities, a day of resting in each other, a day of just being… it was good. It was good and comfortable.

And I think I needed that as much as anything.

Besides, it secretly makes a girl smile when her man takes out the trash without being asked.

There are days, of the normal sort, where that is as romantic as the best waltz.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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