I was telling a story about my childhood yesterday and realized one particular memory stood out.
My father was always kissing my mother. I mean, in a very loving way.
As I thought about it further, I remember being young and always knowing when my father was about to leave the house because he would seek out my mother and wouldn’t leave until he gave her a kiss on the cheek, saying “Love you, I’ll be back”. In fact, I recall a particular time when he went out to his car, turned it on, and remembered that he had forgotten to give his wife a kiss before running back in and finding her.
Upon his return home, he would put his things down, once again seek out my mother, and kiss her on the cheek.
This wasn’t a general greeting. This was a respect thing. This was about beginning and ending with love- and if for some reason, my father would have never made it home- his last words to my mother would have been “Love you, I’ll be back”.
My point is that sometimes it’s the smallest things that leave the most lasting impressions. Because of my father’s dedication to my mother, my sister and I both practice this habit in our own respective relationships. If you want an easy way to foster a new love in your relationship, never leave the house without kissing your spouse on the cheek, never end a phone call without saying “I love you”, and always -always- begin and end with love.