Life isn’t always peachy, whether you’re in a relationship or not. But a new Twitter thread on unsung moments of love is an ode to the human spirit
Relationships are one of life’s major minefields: a veritable storm of regret, uncertainty and brewing resentment.
So, it does well to remember that, while love is rarely one long Clintons card cliché, there can be sweet moments along the way.
These often arise from small and frankly mundane gestures.
Things like your partner taking the bin out when it’s actually your turn but you’re frazzled by a 10-hour shift in the office.
Or your lover holding your hair back and bringing you endless Lemsips when you come down with a nasty bout of ‘flu (#romance).
A new thread on Twitter started by Metro reporter Hattie Gladwell captures this type of love exactly, in an impromptu tribute to the power of the human spirit.
Earlier this week, Gladwell put a request out on the platform, asking people for “the one thing your partner does that’s not necessarily romantic but makes you love them a bit more.”
For example, she said, “Mine runs me a bath every night without asking and puts the kettle on in the morning”.
Her appeal quickly drew a flood of anecdotes, in a moving testimony to the non-glamorous side of love:
Let's me have a bite of her ice cream cone even though it's her favorite part , personally hate sharing food with anyone except her— Gloria Analiz (@gloria_analiz) August 4, 2018
He always takes the longer, more scenic routes between my home and his when he picks me up (even though it’s a 3 hour round trip) because I love the views and enjoy the twisty turns of the country lanes.— Ryesha Lee (@Ryesha_lee) August 4, 2018
He slows down how fast he eats so that we finish our meals together: I eat very slowly and get anxious about being the last one still eating at dinner ❤️🤗— Harriet (@HEvMed3) August 2, 2018
Catches house-spiders and puts them out for me.— Cowslip 🐉 (@FibonacciNature) August 4, 2018
Let's me thrash things through when I come home from work, even though he mostly leaves his baggage at the door.
I’m a new yoga teacher and he comes to all my classes. Since the beginning and even when nobody else showed up but him he let me practice my teaching skills with him ❤️🙏🏽— Valeria Del Castillo (@valcuit) August 3, 2018
We have been together 17 years and still hold hands. People seem to think it’s cute but weird. It just never occurred to us to stop.— The Eveulum (@EveMcCabe) August 4, 2018
My husband braids my hair before bed because it's very long and curly and tangles in the night.— Kate Armitage (@itskatearmitage) August 2, 2018
I’m an introvert and my bf always says just to tell him if I want some alone time and he will be in the other room reading. He gives me the space so we can be closer 💖— frmwest2east (@frmwest2east) August 4, 2018
He’s redoing my nails because I do a crap job (spinal arthritis)— RheumofHerOwn (@fridawrites) August 4, 2018
My husband backs the car into the parking space at night so it makes it easier for me in the morning. It is the littlest thing but we have been married 8 yrs and it still makes me giddy when he does it.— Kristen Cooper (@Tanteiotaku84) August 5, 2018
My girlfriend has never judged me, that means a lot when we have to miss holidays, parties, meals out because of something to do with my crohn's. Not once has she complained. She's my rock and always will be. Couldn't have gone through this without her. #7yearsandcounting— Polar Bear! (@joe_illston) August 3, 2018
The focus here is on romantic relationships, but really the stories shared could extend to any relationship in life, from uni friends to siblings and beyond.
Because however you choose to live (and these days, more of us are opting to stay single), it’s the little things that connect us and draw us together.
No-one’s life is a Hollywood movie but true love does exist - it just sometimes looks different to how we might imagine.