"I don’t encourage you to take Saturday’s off because I want something back. I’m not offering you that time so that I can take an equal amount. There are no strings attached," I said. "I just love you."  The air hung tense and awkward. Arguments seem to produce that kind of air. My wife and I wrangled on and on about something we couldn’t quite put our collective finger on. There were all kinds of miscommunication swirling around. Sometimes arguments take on a life of their own and, when passions rise, we forget the reason for the argument.  So, I had to back up and clear the air. When I did, and spoke those words, “There are no strings attached,” the epiphany alighted upon my slow mind. Yeah, I actually do this for you not expecting anything in return. It was good to hear myself say that, and it was true.  But there are plenty of times I do something to show my love to her all the while expecting reciprocation. Is that what love does? It expects? I don’t think so. READ MORE

"I don’t encourage you to take Saturday’s off because I want something back. I’m not offering you that time so that I can take an equal amount. There are no strings attached," I said. "I just love you." 

The air hung tense and awkward. Arguments seem to produce that kind of air. My wife and I wrangled on and on about something we couldn’t quite put our collective finger on. There were all kinds of miscommunication swirling around. Sometimes arguments take on a life of their own and, when passions rise, we forget the reason for the argument. 

So, I had to back up and clear the air. When I did, and spoke those words, “There are no strings attached,” the epiphany alighted upon my slow mind. Yeah, I actually do this for you not expecting anything in return. It was good to hear myself say that, and it was true. 

But there are plenty of times I do something to show my love to her all the while expecting reciprocation. Is that what love does? It expects? I don’t think so.

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Tim's authored four books, including Shine So Brighta children's Christmas story, and is finishing his first novel. He and his wife, Christine, co-founded The Edges and are writing a book they hope will inspire married couples to stick together no matter what. 

Tim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with Christine and their three pixie-daughters. Sign-up here to follow their work.