I like you. I like how you know what I’m thinking. I like how you care about people. I like how you wash my car. I like how we like the same movies and restaurants and colors of paint. I like how you are smart but you don’t act like you know everything. I like how you take care of the yard. And the taxes. I like how you think the weekends are for play, not work. I like it when your face is scruffy. I like your legs. I like your eyes. I like your long hair. I like your smile and your teeth and your feet. You have great feet. I like how you get my jokes. I like your impersonation of your uncle, Stewart. I like how you talk to your grandma. I like how you’re not afraid of feelings–yours, mine, anybody’s. I like how you understand politics. I like how you play the piano with Christian. And basketball. I like how you tickle Max. I like it when I tell you about someone being an idiot, and you always think they are an idiot, too. I like how you never try to change me. I like it when you make pepperoni chilli, chicken soup, and cookies. I like how you never hesitated to be my friend. I like how you taught me to eat french fries two at a time. I like your hands. I like your voice. I like how you used to play the Olympic theme with the buttons on the phone for me. I like the ways you are like your dad. I like the ways you are like your mom. I like how you always leave the toilet seat down. I like spooning with you and how you always roll over at the right time. I like walking at night with you. I like trying to figure out life with you. I like living with you. I like seeing your face on my cell phone when you call. I like how you know what’s important and what’s not. I like your smell. I like your touch. I like riding next to you in the car. I like taking road trips with you, eating cheese and grapes. I like how you read O Magazine. I like how you remember to wind the grandfather clock. I like how sometimes when I fart you don’t even mention it.
It’s so nice to like the person you love. Happy Anniversary, Ryan. I like and love you more than words can say.