My father’s lips touch his beer bottle more than my mother’s skin. He spends more time staring at the television than he does looking at her. Most of the time he chooses work over date nights, or relaxing evenings at home. He stopped taking her out for her birthday, and she stopped asking to spend more time with him.
Sometimes when she talks, my father doesn’t listen, and she gets no response. When he talks it’s usually about work, or how he needs my mom to do something. I don’t know what it is, I know they love each other, I guess that’s just what happens after being together for more than twenty years.
I just feel like so many couples lose sight of what’s important, because they think of how this person has stuck around for so long, what would make them leave now? I just don’t want my future marriage to be small talk in the evening. or red roses once a year on Valentine’s Day.
I’m afraid of it happening, I am. I just think, the older the love, the more it should be cherished not ignored.