All caught up? Great!
We finally reached the truck. Stripped our socks and shoes, put clean, dry socks on, M- made the jacket I left in the truck into a pillow for me, put my hair behind my ear. Next thing I knew I was asleep in the passenger seat. He let me sleep the whole way home.
When I woke up we were pulling into my driveway, I looked at M- and knew he was a keeper.
The time we spent together was like a challenge, some sort of litmus test. It was like we were put in a Petri dish with these elements we were unprepared for; this could have been really ugly. I’m not always the easiest to get along with, especially when tired, hungry, and hot…not to mention slightly injured. Somehow we had fun. We enjoyed our lost time, laughed at the steep climbs, took deep breaths together, and worked through the pain like teammates.
When put to a test like this a person’s real colors come through. Mine…not so great all the time. M-‘s steady, calm and thoughtful the whole time. He is the Yang to my Yin. Wait, did I just say that? YES I DID, and I’m not gonna change it. In this circle of life we are able to support each other and be supported by the other.
During my recent challenge to live a healthier life, lose weight, and be more active M- has been my biggest supporter. Not in the “I love you more that you are lighter” way, but the “I love you no matter what, and think it’s awesome you feel so great now!” way.
We recently tuned up our bikes and started taking awesome rides at different locations, local battlefields, rides around the local quarry along the river, and hitting the local canal path. I’m finding through the bug bites, falling in creeks, branches in my face, and steep and/or rocky climbs and descents I feel closer and more in tune with M- and our loving relationship every push of the pedal, just because he is there, right next to me rooting US on.