Falling in love is new and exciting and everything the other person does makes your heart feel like it is about to burst. After a while, though things can get comfortable and everything becomes less exciting. Still, there are those certain things that still stand out and make your heart fill with overwhelming love. The people in the following stories share what things their significant other does that still gets them right in the ticker.
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"I love my girlfriend's laugh. It's freaking incredible. She has the cutest way of giggling over something and the best part is that when we're out doing something together, I get to hear her laugh all the time. According to her, I should be doing standup because I'm a riot to listen to. I could say the dumbest thing and it'd still make her laugh.
My favorite time was when she told me, 'You're such a funny guy. Did you know that?'
To which I respond, 'Shut up baby I know it!' Like Bender in Futurama, which sends her cracking up in a fit of giggles while calling me an idiot, which in turn leaves me laughing too because of how much I enjoy hearing her laugh.
It's a relief someone finally appreciates the genius of my sense of humor because it usually leaves people in the room either mad or confused most of the time. Its a treat to be able to enjoy her adorable laugh and see her smile over dumb stuff."
"When I see his face in a crowd or walking towards me from across the street my legs feel like jelly and I smile like an idiot whilst my heart pounds and I realize I'm forgetting to breathe. Or when I have tight pants on and we are walking together he ever so subtly walks at a slower pace until he's behind me just checking out my butt. It makes my heart pound from excitement/embarrassment (especially in public), always makes me blush. It's the little things."
"Our second bedroom is basically my little office where I have my shelves full of books and figurines, as well as my desktop - my 'bachelorette pad' I guess.
My significant other has a much earlier bedtime than me, so sometimes I'm still playing a game or watching YouTube when she's going to bed (I tend to wander to bed around 1 am or so; I don't need much sleep). She always does this cute thing where she kind of puts her hands at her sides or behind her back, and gives me this deliberate, loud kiss on the top of my head like it's a part of a very important ritual.
On days when we leave for work at the same time, we'll be hugging and she decides to make loud kissy noises right in my ear. She's also a bit of a sadist, so she tightens her hold a bit because, without fail, I will whine and curl into myself like a rolly-polly bug because of that noise in my ear."
"I had trust issues when we first started dating because of my cheating ex. It manifested in slightly-joking-but-not-really occasional questions like, 'Who are you texting, your other girlfriend?'
He eventually made a joke out of it and started responding with, 'Yes,' or, 'Yes, I was with 7 people today it was great,' and eventually, he created an imaginary mistress he called 'Fiona'.
Every time I asked him what he was doing on a particular day or anything in general, the answer would be, 'Fiona is over.' One day I came home from work to hear him exclaiming, 'Wow Fiona, you're so much better than my girlfriend at this!' I walked into the living room to find him playing Mario Kart with one of those large cardboard toilet-roll type things you find inside big cylinders of Christmas wrapping sitting next to him on the couch. He had crudely drawn a face, a female chest, and stuck paper towel on its head for hair. 'FIONA' was written in terrible handwriting across her forehead. He'd taped the other Wii U controller to her 'arm', and when I walked in, he acted mortified that I had discovered them together and jumped in front of her and screamed, 'THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!'
Fiona is now part of the family. I found her laying across my car before going to work the other day, with a small speech bubble taped to her mouth that read, 'I don't hold it against you. I can see why he chose you over me. You're very special.'
I just love that we can share a sense of humor like this."
"When we first got together, I asked my wife what she wanted her life to look like. I had been engaged before her and my previous fiancé was in law school and wanted to be a career woman and climb the ladder. Due to that, I had tried really hard to learn how to help her achieve that. I tried to increase my domestic abilities because I knew she wouldn't be around and that was something I could do to help her.
My wife responded that she wanted to be a 1950s-style housewife. She wanted to cook and clean and take care of kids and that's what she wanted her life to look like.
Immediately I knew I would have to adjust. I'd have to be a 1950s-style husband. I'd have to try to become handier, handle the finances, and make more money so she could live the life she wanted.
Two years ago, I opened my business. I took a gigantic risk because I wanted so badly for her to be able to quit her job, stay home and live the kind of life she wanted and I needed to take a risk to make the money to do that.
It was incredibly stressful. There were days I came home and just cried because I was scared I had ruined our lives by taking this risk.
Then she would scratch the back of my head and run her fingers through my hair.
She would tell me she loved me and that all that mattered was that we were together. She didn't need the money. She didn't need the apron or the big house or fancy things. She just needed us to be together.
The business turned the corner. She quit her job and now is home and living the life she always wanted.
Every time I'm driving and she's sitting next to me and she reaches up and scratches the back of my head, I'm reminded of that moment. To say my heart skips a beat would be an understatement. It basically just fills up so I feel I may burst."
"I've had a tough adult life, totally due to bad decisions on my part and struggling with addiction since roughly the age of 13. This, of course, has led to one horrible relationship after another, and though I've progressed millions of miles in the last 8 years, I've still got millions to go. My boyfriend has known me for roughly 13 years, and we dated once shortly after we met, didn't last due to the aforementioned addiction. We met again and became a couple more than a year ago. Life had steadily been getting better, at a slower pace then before we became a couple. However, the last 6 months has made me happier than I ever thought possible. On a regular basis, which I've never before experienced. Every day isn't perfect or filled with glee, but, when I get home from work and I look at this man, I get butterflies. He's no supermodel. He's short and on the heavier side, but he works with me. He communicates with me and he makes my heart skip a beat every single day by simply being the wonderful man he is."
"I've always been more of a 'short-term' kinda guy when it comes to dating. I've been with my girlfriend for almost 2 years now which is the longest I've ever been in a relationship and I love that she just lets me nerd out on stuff.
I got some adult coloring books and sharpies/colored pencils for Christmas and while I was using them I was humming a song and making sound effects when I caught her looking at me. She had a stupid grin on her face so I asked her, 'What's up?' She replied with something about how cute I am.
I constantly think about bailing out of this relationship to go back to dating out of insecurity because I can't fathom what kind of woman would love me for this long but she's pretty awesome so I catch myself for being dumb."
"About a decade ago, when I lived in my parent's house and was in high school... I would drive to and from work, or anywhere really, along the same route. Along this route were two interesting families.
I've never met them, but being in the Midwest, anything unique stands out. The first house I pass as I take a turn at the end of my street is an Asian family. Always happy, always outside playing with each other. They seemed to love sports because they were always playing games in the yard.
The second house I pass is about five houses down from this one, and across the street. This family is huge, and they are a unique family of redheads that unicycle and juggle, a lot of those types of things. They also bike and run a lot.
One day, I drove by and the Asian family was out putting up a basketball hoop together. Actually, truth be told, it was the father and his 10-ish-year-old daughter who was helping excitedly.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I drive by again, this time she's practicing outside. Shooting and dribbling. This would become a daily occurrence every time I came home from work. Dark, cold, sunny, windy... it didn't matter, she was out here shooting hoops. I took notice of her dedication and drive to practice like this... and I wasn't the only one.
Down the street at the Ginger family home, they were ALWAYS outside too, biking, juggling, unicycling... they had those 10-foot tall unicycles, they had those off terrain unicycles. Day in and day out, I would see them doing crazy stuff on unicycles, including one time I was clear across town and there was one of them, zooming around on one wheel.... probably four miles from home! Anyways, one of these kids was a boy around this girl's age. He was also someone I saw working all around the neighborhood at a young age, weeding peoples yards, as he got older he would mow, etc. a real go-getter from my drive-by observation over the years.
Anyways, one day I drive by and I see him out on his own driveway dribbling a ball two-handed like you might expect someone with no experience with sports like this. A few months later, I see the coolest thing; he's by himself on the roof of his garage installing a brand new basketball hoop. I like to pretend he saved up for it for awhile... melts my heart remembering it.
Over the next few weeks, anytime she was out shooting hoops, here he is, shooting and glancing down the street after he makes it, to see if she saw. One day I even saw her teaching him dribbling moves.
Can I fast forward a few years? Thanks.
They're older now, in high school. I can tell she must be on the basketball team in some capacity, but I don't know how good. That doesn't matter, all I know is that he would be over there more often than not just catching basketballs and firing them back to her as she pops her powerful little frame out to the three-point line to drain another one. He's smiling and I assume joking the whole time, making her training more enjoyable.
There was one day, though, in the spring that I was driving home, having forgotten about them, and I see the red-haired kid walking down the sidewalk. I crane my neck around and my heart bursts with excitement. He's wearing a tux!
I drive further and then I see it, she's in this beautiful prom dress standing out in the yard with her family taking pictures. Now I HAVE to go around the block! I drive by several times just beaming after an otherwise uninspiring day. I see them take pictures, the red-haired family is there too, sharing hugs with both parents... perfect. I've moved since then, the last I saw they were always on walks holding hands and smiling and waving to me too, I think they recognize me after all these years.
I don't know their story, they're probably in college now, I have found out who they are and keep tabs every once in awhile on social media to see if they ever end up together because I'll have to share this story with them at some point.
In a world where finding true love with any person you know over the years is hard, getting it right on the first try is a miracle. In this windshield love story, I'm rooting for this couple."
"We all kinda keep our guard up around our significant other no matter how long we've been married. My wife and I always say that we can be ourselves around each other but there's always a little piece of us we keep to ourselves. What takes my breath away is when I see my wife doing something when she thinks I'm not around. One thing she does is when she's in the shower she catches water in her hand and then lazily splashes it against the shower wall. Every now and then I'll sneak in and watch her do that. Or sometimes I'll just come into a room she's in silently and watch her for a few moments. She has no idea I'm there so she's truly herself for those few moments."
"Her giggling, over anything makes me happy. As well, she turns red when I compliment her and gives me this smile, MY GOD THAT SMILE.
Finally, and probably the cutest thing I notice is when she is happy she has those reflexes like a dog wiggling tail, with her feet and arms. I know this seems like a very bad example but its the closest one that comes to mind. What makes it so beautiful, is that she doesn't know she does this, and when I smile or laugh when I see it, she asks me what and I am like nothing. It's like this feeling in the movies, when u fall in love over and over with the same person, seeing those things makes me like that, EVERY TIME."
"He's not always the most affectionate person (he takes after his father), but when he is, he's an absolute handful. He likes to jump on me when I'm on top of the bed, rub his face on my chest, and then look up at me, bouncing with excitement and telling me he loves me.
Every once in awhile I'll be woken up very early in the morning by him kissing my cheek and whispering that he loves me.
I have to add that I love how enthusiastic he is about his stories and the worlds he creates for Pathfinder. He talks about everything with such excitement that I can't help but smile like an idiot."
"My girlfriend dissects her sushi rolls. No, seriously. At first, I was horrified (bad wording perhaps, but definitely taken aback because I'd never seen someone eat sushi like that). Then I discovered that there are certain ingredients and textures in sushi she doesn't like. She unrolled a California roll, picked out the cucumber, set the crab meat in her soy/wasabi dish, and ate the avocado. Then she re-rolled the rice and nori, dipped it in the soy, ate that, then while dissecting the second piece ate the first piece's crab.
Now it's one of the many reasons I love her. Plus I get extra cucumber."
"My heart skips a beat every time he tells me he loves me - every single time.
It took me a few months of thinking it as hard as I could at him every night before I mustered the courage to tell him I love him and I never expected a response. The first time he said it back, I cried out of happiness.
It still hits me just as hard every time, especially when he says it first, and not as a response. No matter how hard my day has been or how much I'm struggling, knowing he loves me helps me feel that it is, and will be, okay."
"We rent an apartment together, but he can only really stay here on weekends because his job is in another city. When he's not here we talk all day long, jobs, naps, and food permitting, but what makes my heart skip a beat is when we say goodnight. He will take the time to type out a short paragraph along with sending 3 different sets of emojis. I do the same for him. Then we send stickers and end it with our huge signature fire emoji it's cute...and some people would probably gag at our exchange."
"She washes fruit before I eat it. My girlfriend is allergic to almost every kind of fruit and can't eat it. One day when she was putting groceries away, she paused and cleaned off the fruit I'd gotten for myself in the sink. I didn't think she would bother with it because she can't eat it but it was oddly touching that she cared enough to clean it when I probably would have just wiped it on my shirt."
"When we are at work and it's been a horrible day, my girlfriend will walk up to me looking confused and act like she's looking for something (we work in construction and are ALWAYS misplacing tools). She'll say she's looking for something important, look at me, smile, and say, 'OH! there it is!' Then proceed to snuggle my chest. That is one of the best things in the world. I love her so much."
"I'll have night terrors every now and then. She will always wake me up and curl me into her chest and rub my back letting me know it's okay. Also, we had a really bad moment the other morning. Didn't yell or such at each other but we definitely were mad at each other. She left for a bit and when she came back and fell asleep, she immediately curled up to me and started holding my hand."
"One time my wife and I were watching Family Guy and by the end, she was probably laughing the most I'd heard her laugh in years. She had such a great laugh - infectious and carefree.
It made me remember how much I loved her, and how fortunate I was to benefit from her low standards when it came to choosing men.
She died of cancer the following year. I miss her so much."
"My girlfriend sacrifices her life for me. I'm ridiculously poor (probably due to poor financial choices earlier in my life) and although she's no millionaire herself, she'll always help me out with finances without a second's thought.
She always makes sure that I have enough money to get through the day, even if it means putting herself in a worse position."
"I love when I pop into his work and see him busy, doing his thing, without him necessarily knowing I'm there. It's a part of his life that I don't see often, so it's special.
On a similar note, I love hearing him use the NATO alphabet on the phone. It's like he's speaking another language so fluently. He thinks I'm weird for loving that so much."
"Sometimes my boyfriend dances and sings about what he's doing. He does a little butt wiggle and sings about washing the dishes or making a drink or whatever.
I don't know when I started finding it amazing, but one day it was just him and then the next it literally made me stop because it was the most wonderful thing and it made me want to cry tears of happiness."
"My heart almost bursts when he gently talks me out of my anxiety. Also, when he catches me looking at him, grins and me, and asks me, 'What?' Like he doesn't know how in love I am with him. When he locks eyes with me and doesn't look away across the room. When he pulls me in for a kiss and confidently grins when he sees me visibly swoon."
I don't know why I find this so ridiculously adorable, but I love it when she gets really mad and swears. She never swears - and I mean never - she's so gentle and mild-mannered. The first time someone cut us off while driving I hear her release a string of swearing. I literally had to pull over I was shocked and laughing so hard.
"When we're in a crowded place and he'll catch me looking at him and give me a very quick wink and smile, one that no one else sees. Especially if he's a little way away, like if he's at the bar and I'm at the table waiting for him.
Does it for me every time."
"When I see him bonding with my son. We've been together 8 years and engaged for 2. He's been a part of our life since my son was 2. I love how they do father and son activities and how my Significant other's eyes slightly swell with tears when my son calls him dad instead of by his first name."