this is how

you know you’re loved
when you come home
after being outside
in a heat advisory
with a temperature of
at least 95 degrees
(not counting humidity)
for 9 hours
walking dogs every other half hour
and walking from each location
every other half hour
and you find a note
written on a bright orange post-it
stuck to the door
that says

you know you’re loved
when you unlock the door
already smiling
and find a treasure trail
of yellow rose petals
that you bend down to touch
to make sure they’re real
(and they are)
which leads towards the doorway
into the kitchen.

you know you’re loved
when the kitchen door
(or, in my case, the sheet
hanging in place of the door)
is closed and there is another
orange post-it note
just before you
whisk open the entrance…

you know you’re loved
when there is a vase
filled with a bouquet
of red roses
white chrysanthemums
baby’s breath
yellow, orange, and pink lilies
and purple daisies
(with multicolored ribbons!)
waiting for you
on the kitchen counter
with more post-it notes
screaming his love for you
and informing you
that dinner is made
and in the refrigerator.

you know you’re loved
when you did nothing
(that you can remember…)
to deserve this
love him back.

yay!! what a fantastic beginning to my weekend! it was a long day, as i had to walk 10 dogs between 11 and 6 all over manhattan (not an easy task…) and i was quite crabby on the train home (basically, you would not have liked to have been inside my bubble, as i might have ripped your limbs off with my teeth). my guy is out to dinner with a friend, so i was not looking forward to coming home to an empty apartment, though he had mentioned he had a surprise for me. but he was at work all day? how did he do it? he just makes me feel more and more special every day :) i can hardly stop glowing!! i hope everyone gets a chance to feel this way at least once (though every day is way better ;)

have a great weekend all you beautiful people!!


  • karolina
    karolinaabout 6 years ago

    what a treat! lucky girl :)

  • Hala E
    Hala Eabout 6 years ago

    I hope I get to meet someone who makes me feel the way your man makes you feel – very special….. love your writing…

  • markgb
    markgbabout 6 years ago

    : )
    This just brightened my day

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 6 years ago

    Just delightful….romantic ….. your smile and glow has transferred right through onto this page.

    Thank you Lys XO

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 6 years ago

    wonderful ~ thanks for sharing ~ felt every step with you on your rose laden love trail ~ happiness is feeling loved and that you do~! xx

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    You are so lucky to have someone so thoughtful and I’m sure he is lucky too. I enjoyed the story.

  • Alex Moir
    Alex Moirabout 6 years ago

    Aaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! Dang, takin all my good ideas…

  • ytsumner
    ytsumnerabout 6 years ago

    I don’t know how I missed this one. But darling, I’m glad I found it today. I have a smile as wide as your brimming heart and want to throw arms around you for so eloquently reminding me that, yes, this is how.

    and how you deserve it. x