Date A Boy Who Is Proud To Call You His Girlfriend

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Date a boy who holds your pocketbook for you when you run to the bathroom or lets you slip your lipstick into his jeans because the pockets in your pants are fake. A boy who isn’t afraid of being spotted in Sephora with you and letting you sample colors on the back of his hand. A boy who will happily add tampons to his grocery list and pick them up himself. A boy who doesn’t mind doing sweet things for his girlfriend, even though some ignorant strangers might judge him for it.

Date a boy who wears the ring or bracelet or necklace you bought him and refuses to take it off. A boy who hangs up pictures of you on his fridge (or assigns them as his phone’s wallpaper) so he can look at your face every chance he gets. A boy who lets you keep your toothbrush beside his and your bras scattered across the bedroom. A boy who leaves little reminders of you all around the house, because he can’t stand when you aren’t there.

Date a boy who introduces you as his girlfriend when you run into someone he knows during a dinner date. A boy who changes his relationship status and his profile picture so that everyone in his life sees that you’re together. A boy who piles heart emojis next to your name on his contact list, even though other people might see it on the screen and poke fun at him. A boy who is so damn proud to call you his girlfriend.

Date a boy who holds your hand and squeezes when you’re driving in the car. Who rests an arm around your shoulders when you’re watching a movie in the theater. Who hugs you from behind when you’re waiting on line at the grocery store. Date a boy who touches you, even if there are plenty of people around to see it.

Date a boy who brings you home to meet his parents and builds you up the entire time, so you don’t ever have to worry about making a good first impression. Someone who invites you over for holidays to spend time with the rest of his family, from his fifty-year-old aunts to his little cousins. Someone who wants you around all the time, because he already considers you a part of the family.

Date a boy who talks about you to everyone who will listen. A boy who comes home from work and mentions how his coworkers asked to see a picture of you and were talking about how pretty you were. A boy who comes home from a night out with the boys and lets you know they were discussing your future wedding. A boy who isn’t afraid to gush about how deeply he loves you.

Date a boy who is proud to call you his girlfriend. A boy who wants the world to know that you are an item. A boy who still can’t believe how lucky he has gotten, even after all of this time. TC mark

The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved.

You don’t have to solve your whole life tonight. You just have to show up and try. Focus on the most immediate thing in front of you. You’ll figure out the rest along the way.

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