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8 Days Of Happy Meme: Day 1 
8th-Dec-2008 11:31 pm
My friend Dean (envirobear) tagged me for a new meme wherein I am charged with posting what makes me happy each day for the next 8 days.

I have to tag 8 people to follow suit. I choose:
  1. yellowmono
  2. city_of_dis
  3. paterson_si
  4. jkusters
  5. kiwi59
  6. bigfundrew
  7. rzrxtion
  8. tilia_tomentosa

For my first day of happy, I choose the fact that Damien called me while leaving work today to inform me that after the first of the year he will be traveling for work for close to 2 months, off and on. What makes me happy about this is not the fact that I get some alone time at home, but that I have a love so great that the prospect of such time apart from one another brought me almost to the point of tears just considering it. What a wonderful thing to love someone so deeply that the prospect of more than a few days at a time away from him brings me great emotional pain - that to be away from him for any length of time really is just not what I can stand for very long. I adore this man, I have said before many times that he is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I am happier than I have ever been before.

The acomplishment of achieving this great love is one thing, but taking care to sustain it by taking care of each other is what makes us a family and what makes our house a true home. In this frustrating world and at this difficult time for so many people I know just how fortunate I am and how incredible all of this is which is why I do not take it for granted. I'm far too grateful to just have him as a partner to spend too much time mourning the relatively short time I'll have to make do without him.

I do not look forward to that time away from him, in fact I'm rather dreading it but we've spent a week apart from each other here and there and can manage it again because we have no other choice. I just think it is remarkable that I have chosen someone I've committed my life to that is the caliber of person he is, that possesses the depth of character he has worked so hard to cultivate and maintain, and adores me to boot.

I am a very happy man, even with this head cold!
9th-Dec-2008 04:43 am (UTC)
I truly hope that someday, I can share a relationship like this with someone and cherish each moment the way you clearly do.
9th-Dec-2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I have a good inclination that I know why Damien adores you--because he has an extraordinary, thoughtful, accomplished, well-grounded, incredible partner.

It's why your friends adore you, too *bearhug*
9th-Dec-2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Hard work, that stuff - but I wouldn't have it any other way.
9th-Dec-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I waited until I was 31, babydoll. I wasn't even looking, either. But from the first day we met, we've been inseparable and knew that it was for a reason. There were times it was really hard, but I think there is something to be said for digging in your heels and waiting for the bad stuff to pass over you - and eventually it always does.
9th-Dec-2008 11:01 am (UTC)
So you are the second person who tags me. You terrible creatures! :) And I see that poor paterson_si didn't escape either!

And just when I have to go to my dentist on top of all (which somehow doesn't make me happy, LOL).

But Brad, you kindly obliged me in making me happy for today with posting about your relationship. I know how to appreciate love, and I'm always happy for the few of my friends who have managed to find it and keep it.

9th-Dec-2008 03:01 pm (UTC) - so
i have to tag 8 people on lj? I don't even know 8 people on lj.

And what you wrote about D., beautiful. And the most wonderful thing is, I know he would be writing the same thing about you if the shoe was on the other foot...however..his would have something in it about having alone time to game. ha ha
9th-Dec-2008 03:40 pm (UTC) - Dr. Major7 Always Says....
for the head cold:
Keep your legs elevated and drink plenty of fluids.

Home Alone:
The Mister and I were together almost every single day for our first 10 years. It just worked out that way. It was not until the past couple of years that we have ever spent any time away from each other (more than one or two overnights) and at first, it was a bit strange. Now, after so many times away from each other, it is not as traumatic as it was at first.

When they say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, they are talking to people like you and me.
9th-Dec-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. What a great way to look at the pain of impending separation. Once again, you're an inspiration.
9th-Dec-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ok... I start today. :)
11th-Dec-2008 03:26 am (UTC) - How?
How did you list everyone's name like that? with their log in name thingy?) I'm not that savvy.
11th-Dec-2008 06:25 am (UTC) - Re: How?
When you want to do someone's LJ name, copy this code and replace the red text with the person's LJ name:

21st-Dec-2008 01:35 am (UTC) - partner's travel
Jude, this is so sweet I'm in a similar sitution with mine except it's the oppisite I'll be gone almost everey weekend for the next 4 months for week starting after the first of the year being away from the one you love always sucks. You guys will make it though.

Also wanted to say I took a break from LJ and just recently decided to come back reading your blog makes me glad I did.
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