Every once in a while Joel and I have an occasion to play games with each other, since Joel doesn't really like games it doesn't happen as often as I'd like. Sometimes we play card games or board games (VERY rarely) or we'll play outdoor games (mostly we did this when we were living with Joel's parents) like croquet and catch and then maybe twice in our marriage we've played a friendly game of PIG. Except usually these games aren't friendly at all because we're so competitive. In order to appease our competitive spirit and make the boring games more fun to Joel, we make wagers. If Joel wins he always wants juice or soda or sparkling cider. I, being the more responsible and frugal partner wager things that will not cost us any money and are much more healthy than sugary juice - like love notes.
This is from when Joel lost at croquet a good two months ago. He wrote it for me this morning. Finally.
for Jamie B, from Joel A
A single note does not a song make,
Not an F-sharp or B-flat or natural A.
But it's not a song I'm s'pposed t have wrote,
Just a simple, sincere, single love note.
So which of all notes, fits my love best?
Surely she knows, and this is a test.
Is it A, for her new name given by me?
Or B, for her old name, now middle of three?
Is it C, for the Christmas she put o her ring?
Or D, for the discount I got on the thing?
Is it E, for eternal, as our marriage is sealed?
Is it F, for our family, and the feelings we've feeled?
It's surely not G, for the G in congealed.
But what of G for the God through whom all is revealed?
Consid'ring these notes, after much thought I say,
The love note for my love can only be J:
Mind-blowing and mythic, like happily ever,
A hard note to sing, but we sing J together.