I forget where, when or from whom I heard this but I clearly remember the actual words:
“Love is just brushing your teeth together.”
And when you are young and dumb and full of so many misconceptions about the world, those words are confusing.
You think stupid thoughts when you’re young.
You think “love” is built around a gorgeous look or a wild breathless excitement or this impossible Walt Disney inspired fairy tale.
And if you stay stupid, lists get made about what “true love” will be…
The right income.
The right car.
The right breast size.
The right height.
The right voting record.
But love is not like that at all.
Life is just more complicated than the young and foolish ever realize.
People test positive.
That shit is golden.
It sits by the side of the hospital bed with you. It pulls the disgusting wads of refuse from your flooded house. It encourages you when you are in doubt. It calms you when you are anxious. It knows when to say “yes” and it can accept hearing “no” as well.
And, yes, true love is standing there next to you in front of the bathroom mirror and happily brushing it’s teeth with you because you are there and that is all that really matters.
So when does “love” come around?
Shit, you never know. Miracles like love occur in the strangest of places and at bizarre moments in time.
When it arrives, you’ll know it.
It’s that same great jazz riff that Joshua played to knock down the walls of Jericho.
But while you wait for the music to play…
Rock out to these sweet tunes.
Mix Tape Central:
Dreams Never End – New Order
Favorite Thing – The Replacements
You Only Live Once – The Strokes
Don’t Change – INXS
She Said, She Said — The Beatles
Dirty Water – The Standells
Close to Me – The Cure
Aberdeen – Cage the Elephant
King of the Rodeo – Kings of Leon
Lucky Man – Verve
The Last Time – The Rolling Stones
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
Hard to Live in the City – Albert Hammond Jr
There is a Light that Never Go Out – The Smiths