oh, what time can do

We sit side by side, neither of us bothering to even glance at the other. No words are spoken between us. I pause in my reading to consider the stranger next to me. I can feel his presence there. His body heat warms the cushion of the couch we share. The scent of his cologne is pleasant. His breathing is loud, likely the result of nasal congestion. Occasionally he will clear his throat and the harsh sound breaking the silence startles me. Who is this man and how did he come to sit next to me here?

It seems I knew him once. A long time ago perhaps. Surely there was a time when we were not such strangers. There is something familiar about his raspy breath. That pleasant cologne stirs distant memories. Yes, I am sure I knew him once.

Tentatively I glance over and for a second I catch a glimpse not of the stranger he is today, but of the man I fell in love with so many years ago. I see my husband.


  1. sometimes, a realization hits and surprises us, don't you think?

    just minglin' over!
    have a great day!

  2. Sounds familiar. Sometimes it feels like we are roommates rather than partners. But we are working to change that.

  3. After 19 years of marriage, I have been through times like that. Somehow we were able to work through the issues and get to where we are today. It seems like we go through cycles of moving closer together and farther apart.

    We all change and it's hard getting to know someone again once changes take place.

    I hope that you will be able to find each other again. :)

  4. Jen that is EXACTLY what I have told my husband. It is as though we are no more than roomates.

    Sheila it's nice to know that it is possible to work through this. I really do hope we can get things back on track.

  5. Mingling! I have that same sensation when I catch my hubs out of the corner of my eye.

  6. You've captured a vision of what I think we all feel now and then. We've changed in big ways and small, both positive and not-so-much, even though our true selves are still pretty much intact.

    Mingle on!

  7. Kim,
    I have been lax in reading your blog and am sorry to see the difficulties you have been having. Praying God makes himself evident and gives you wisdom and peace!


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