‘My mom always washed the dishes. My dad always dried them. No matter if he worked 16 hours that day or not.’: Daughter to 41-year-old marriage urges ‘consistency’ is key to lasting love

“I’m sure there were days they were mad at each other, annoyed, stressed, or tired from a long day at work…but they still washed/dried the dishes together. As a kid, I didn’t think much about it. But as a 33-year-old standing in the kitchen I grew up in, that small gesture looked completely different.”

‘I felt in my heart Tewabe and I had a serious connection, but my brain kept telling me this was too crazy, too different, to make it work.’: Woman shares beautiful international, multicultural love story

“Dogs in rural Ethiopia can be quite aggressive. Tewabe gently pulled me to his side. ‘I don’t want the dog to get you because I love you.’ I was shocked. He did not completely realize the cultural significance of his words. Yet I was living in an alternate reality at that moment, so I said it back: ‘I love you too.'”

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