His Princess

DSC_0046While setting the table for breakfast one morning, Alan came toward me smiling, cupped my face in his hands and said, “You are a beautiful lady. I love you with all my heart!” He looked into my eyes as if I were a rare and lovely sight when actually I stood in my robe with lumpy hair and wrinkles. But I could tell he really meant it. His “heart-vision” is much clearer than his eyes. He is a masterful husband. He calls me “Princess” and treats me like one. His honoring is constant—the way he looks at me, reaches for me, his tone of voice, kindnesses, and words of respect. (He even massages my feet at the end of a hard day.) He thinks of my comfort before his own, and sees only my best. I’m getting older to be sure, and yet I feel beloved. He is a mirror reflecting my true worth, and I forget to see myself as the world does. I smile inwardly as I walk around—the princess that I am. Happy Valentine’s Day to my darling! “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you” (Roy Croft). And this Irish saying: “Thee lift me and I lift thee, and we both ascend together.” Isn’t that what marriage is all about?