We Don’t Need a Million Dollars Anyway

Don't Be Fooled. He's Thinking About Smoothies.

Armed with a handful of cleaning supplies and the will to make this house shine, I started my extreme makeover (home edition) by looking over my room. What is that? I spotted a piece of paper that looked like a price tag, but turned out to be another one of Brandon’s McDonald’s Monopoly tickets. He’s determined to win. Not the million dollar prize, but rather as many free smoothies as he possibly can. It goes beyond trying to figure out at this point, so I don’t try.

Adele doesn’t sing any songs that describe being in love and wanting to duct tape your lover’s mouth shut because he won’t stop talking during an episode of “Boardwalk Empire”. She doesn’t give us instructions on what to do when actively in love, only the tragic way we feel when we’re not wanted and opportunity slips by. She doesn’t have any tunes that only sing appreciation for the quirky ways Brandon shows me that he desires only me. She doesn’t. But I do.

4 Things My Boyfriend Does Oh So Well:

1. He makes me laugh and realize I’m acting stupid at the same time.

There is a car commercial on tv that shows this couple on a date (or maybe they’ve just gotten married), and they go to this outdoors-y place to have a romantic date. It starts to rain, the wife sits inside of the (super-cool, shiny and new) car watching the husband fumble outside. The husband is soaking wet and adorable, and the wife just looks at him like ‘Oh, you’re so perfect because you planned this really nice date and it failed and you’re wet and we have the perfect car!’

Anyway, it came on the other day. Don’t ask me why–because I couldn’t tell you why I do these things either–, but I turned to him and I said, “You never do anything like that for me-eeee!” He looked over at me.

And he said, “Well I don’t have a Subaru.”

What do you say to that? Nothing, that’s what. You laugh and you silently thank God that He put you with someone who’s sharpening your little iron butt into a better person…and you shutup.

2. He says “Whatever you want honey” when I mention our wedding.

When I’m not being productive on the weekends, I like to accidentally let the television be turned to whatever channel is showing wedding shows. Then I like to casually start talking about it with my roommate Amber.

“Right. And THEN when I get married I want to look conservative. Long sleeves, hair up in a bun, very conservative. I want to look like I’m getting married to Jesus. But when that reception comes I want that hair to come down, and I want to switch my dress, and I want to look like a baaaaad girrrrrl…”

But Brandon doesn’t get to hear that sort of thing. He just hears about the boring stuff. And every single time I bring it up he goes, “Well honey, it’s whatever you want.” One, this is a lie. He is very opinionated. Two, we’re not actually planning a wedding so that’s bound to change. But for three, I love this phrase, not because he’s agreeing to my demands, but because it constantly reassures me that we’re on the same page. He never hesitates, never looks like he might vomit. He always looks happy to talk about it, and I really appreciate that.

3. He says “Get it” when we’re shopping in a store.

No matter where we are or how much it costs, Brandon almost always says “Get it” when I point at something that I like. It does two things: usually makes me come to my senses and realize that he’s not in my life to placate to my selfish whims, and, makes me want to out-give him. His generosity is one of the things that still surprises me about him. That, and the fact that he actually likes to save money. It’s so weird.

4. He says “Tell her I said hi”.

Brandon is not the extrovert that I am in the sense that he wants to talk day and night, or attend every party he’s invited to. Social, yes. Hyper extrovert, no. He’s a relaxed guy who knows that my friends and family mean everything to me, and is willing to listen to me work out any issues I might be having with them. He gives this same warm response when I relay the message from friends and family that ask how he’s doing. I also appreciate that he doesn’t work to make people like him. Like most actors, I spent too much time being concerned with what other people think about me. Since Brandon is never putting on a performance, he doesn’t feel the need to impress people by ‘showing’ them how nice he is. There’s a confidence within him that I long to have. And an appreciation that someone who keeps it so real is standing with me.

Cheers to extending this list in the near future. Here’s to us…

Written to: Tiffany ” I Think We’re Alone Now” (ohhh yeahhh)


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