Thanks for being such a wonderful partner. Thank you for seeing me at my low points and not running scared. Thank you for hugging me when I need it, for pushing my worries out of the way and wrapping your arms around me. Thank you for knowing when I’m not okay even when I say that I am. Thank you for asking what’s wrong and actually caring when I tell you, for listening and not just nodding along, but finding a way to fix it. Thank you for giving me love even when I find it hard to give it back to you. Because I love you and I always will, but sometimes whatever I’m going through will make me terrible at showing it.
Thank you for being patient, for understanding that trust takes time and that my walls weren’t built to shut you out, but for my own protection.
Thank you for sticking around long enough to learn that just because half-hearted love is the only kind of love I’ve ever received, doesn’t mean it’s the only kind of love I’m capable of giving. Thank you for not assuming it’s the only kind I’m ready for, because when I fell in love with you I knew I was ready, and I knew this time it was real, that the love you were so willing to give me was not half-assed or almost, it was full and genuine and the most authentic thing I’ve ever known.
I don’t believe in love at first sight and I’m not sure if I believe in soul mates, but I believe that something with you feels different than all the rest.
Thank you for just being there. Thank you for being that person who even if you don’t know what to say, your presence alone brings comfort. Thank you for showing up, for not letting me down like all the others have. Thank you for being you.
Thank you for being the love of my life, but for also being my best friend.
Because all of the things I’ve thanked you for above are what I’ve always hoped for in love, but I never thought I’d find all of those things in a best friend too. I never expected to find a love that just gets me. A love that laughs with me so hard I actually fall over. A love that does victory dances with me around the living room when we win the Super Bowl. A love that doesn’t worry about whether or not you sound stupid or look stupid, a love that doesn’t care. I’ve always wanted that. I’ve always hoped for that.
I’ve always hoped I’d find love, I’m just really glad I found it with someone I can also call my best friend.