Please do not promise me forever.
I want us to love each other one day at a time...
...and string all those days together like the precious things they are...
...instead of trying too hard and promising too much.
Please do not expect me to always be good, kind, and loving. There are things when I will be cold, thoughtless, and hard to understand.
However, it will only be because of the weather the flu, or one of my moods...
...not because I love you less.
Please remember that.
Please do not think about all the things that could happen to us. Do not think about other people coming between us. Do not think about outgrowing each other or growing out of love.
Please do think about all the good things that could happen to us. Think of growing closer to each other finding new reasons for being together...
..And think of loving. I will, too. I am right now.
Please do not get mad at me if I forget your birthday or some special day we share...
...and please remember that there is an "everydayness" about what we have that is beyond birthdays and anniversaries.
That is why, sometimes, I may not remember one special day... because all out days are special to me.
Please do not ever sign a letter "as ever."
Please do not be too easy on me... or expect me to be too easy on you.
Both of us have room to grow, and both of us have to grow if we want to hold each other's love.
Please do not ever give me too much of yourself or take too much of me. In our togetherness we still need out private places.
Please listen to me when I am talking to you...
...and please do not ever think about someone else when I kiss you.
Please do not start an argument or make me look foolish in front of other people...
...but when we are alone do not feel like you are walking on eggs. Go ahead and say what you think. If I need telling off, tell me off
Then we can have our fight, make up, and love again. Just us...
Please remember to call me sometimes for no reason except that you feel me thinking about you, needing your voice.
Please do not ever lose that laugh of yours -- it's such a real laugh.
And never change the way you brush my hair back from my eyes and smile, or pull my ear when I'm trying to be very serious... or the little off ways you have of saying things that make you "you," one of a kind, the one I love.
Please let us not use politeness, busyness, and silence to avoid our problems and the places where we hurt. If something is wrong let's go after it and make it right. (!!!)
It is a good feeling to think of growing older with you, but, please, let us not ever grow old.
I want us to always hang on to the newness that we have right now. In addition, let us never be ashamed of our innocence, of the child within us. Let us never give up our dreams.
Please do not try to keep it from me when you are feeling down. I will never be able to share your joy if you try to protect me from your sadness.
Please do not ever say ever...
...and please do not promise me forever. All I ask is that you love me now.
Moreover, please know that I love you more today than I ever have before. I cannot promise you forever, but I can promise you today with the hope and belief that there is a beautiful tomorrow in store for us.
-By Hermann Zapf