“I don’t need to go on fancy vacations with you.
I need you at 2 a.m. when I’m a mess, crying about my day and how tiring it was with the kids.
I don’t need a huge fancy house with you.
I just need you to come home to.
I just need you to listen to me while I talk about the day.
I don’t need expensive gifts from you.
I just need you.
I just need to sit with you, long after the kids are in bed, while we watch Netflix.
I don’t need fancy dates or expensive dinners.
I just need one-on-one time with you once in awhile, and I don’t care if it’s to Walmart. I’m just happy to be there with you.
I don’t need a big diamond.
When you proposed to me at 18, you bought what you could afford at the time. And now that I have a bigger ring, I still cherish the other one more. The size didn’t matter. You were just so sure about me at 18, you saved up your weekly pay check from Panago to buy it, and that’s what I love. I will keep that ring forever.
I don’t need ￼￼any of the things I was told to strive for growing up.
I don’t need the fancy vacations, the fancy dinners, and the big diamond rings.
I just need you.
I need you at 2 a.m., when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.
I need you there.
I need to fall asleep next to you, with our legs entangled in one another’s.
I need you to wake me up with a kiss on the forehead as you leave for work in the morning.
You see, I don’t need much of anything.
I don’t need anything fancy.
I just need one thing.
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