Do you ever feel tied down? she asked.
Never, he answered without a moment’s hesitation.
Some people get bored with only one partner. She was pushing a little.
Listen, he said, I tell people that I have enjoyed quite a few different women in my life, and all of them are you.
Now I know why people look at me in such a quizzical way, she grinned, like they can’t figure out who the heck I am. But a person can’t stay the same, it’s essential to keep growing . . . .
My point exactly, he replied.
No wonder my friends call him a keeper, she thought.
Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
………..~ Dinah Craik, in A Life for a Life, 1859