Little Things Mean a Lot
When we were children, we went to Kresge’s or the Ben Franklin. We called them “dime stores;” today, we go to some rendition of a “Dollar Store.” These emporiums are full of little things; some are necessities, and some are just doodads that make life nicer. We listed things we have bought at a “Dollar Store”: detergent and cleaning supplies, a light for a Christmas nativity scene, stocking stuffers and holiday pot holders, Teddy Bears for Sweetheart Breakfast centerpieces, puzzles for visiting children, patio lights and candles.
In marriages, little things can mean a lot. They can be words like “thank you,” “excuse me,” “I’m sorry,” or “Hubba Hubba.” They can be calls to say “How is your day going?” or a “phone photo,” an unexpected flower, taking the garbage out, helping clean cat boxes, bringing coffee or a cold drink, or laying out vitamins.
These little things may only take a minute, but they are not just niceties; they are necessities that reaffirm daily that we are happy to be married to each other. Little things strengthen the bond between us.
In what little ways do you show your appreciation for your mate with words or actions?
In what ways do you hear or see your mate showing appreciation for you?
Make some lists and share them with your mate knee to knee.*
*Face each other, hold hands, make eye contact and give each other undivided attention.
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