He asked if I wanted to have a picnic at the beach. Honestly? My first thought was No, I can’t. I’ll never make up the lost time. But I knew he wouldn’t accept that answer. Nathan’s a lot better than me at taking a deep breath every once in awhile, and he knew I needed it.
I was still talking myself into going as we drove to the beach through the warm summer night. We found a bench and ate crusty bread and sweet berries. The breeze blew our hair and we sat without saying a word.
This is how we balance each other. Me working too much, Nathan forcing me to breathe deeply and enjoy the moment … away from a screen. And we don’t have to say anything to know what the other is thinking: that we’re thankful to have balance. And each other.