They've lent me their truck to take friends to a Jack Johnson concert; they've come to the rescue many times when I've needed help looking after Dawson; they've made me dinner on numerous occasions and I've only returned the favour once with my 'white trash pot pie'; we religiously watch American Idol together and if I miss a night they don't understand why; they've met many of my lifer friends and gone to dinner with all of us on several occasions. They've even made my mom feel comfortable enough to share stories I've never heard before. I feel safe with them here and somewhat protected (although I could probably kick any robbers ass better than they could...well better than Todd anyway). More importantly we can say almost anything to each other without hurting each others feelings (I said almost). I often wonder what it will be like to come home without them here. I mean really, I've lived 2 years without a dryer and a black cable cord running across my living room because the electricity isn't up to snuff. Why? Because it's worth living here for so many other reasons.
Aside from their friendship, they give me new perspective and they've showed me what real love looks like with a different 'face on it'. It's a relationship unlike anything I've ever known intimately in my life, nor is it like any relationship in my list of family and friends. They've been together for nine years and they do things differently than us straights, but sometimes I think they've got it figured out better than 'we' do. They've been through a lot together and their age gap is close to that of Ashton and Demi's. Aside from this photo, they've also broken down a few stereotypes for me in that all gays aren't "so queeenniee!".
Now they are about to take their relationship to the next level. Parenthood.
Last weekend, we were at brunch where I got to introduce them to someone special in my life. The conversation, as expected, was seamless and at ease. And since Todd is very outspoken and because his ovaries are aching, he brought up "Operation Eggs Benett". He started to explain to us the difference between adoption and in vitro and why it's more challenging when you're a gay couple. But it was when he said, "you know for us it's not as easy as a bottle of wine and a bear-skin rug" that it hit me. The things we take for granted in life. And how so many people can freely have a baby that really aren't fit to be solid parents. And how for me, it could happen in one simple night and for them it will likely take up to 2 years. It almost makes you want to say, here take one of mine because you have a precious gift that is like kryptonite to them.
Anyway, I suggest you follow their story for more perspective and to just see how much love there is out there to give but how sometimes it's a bit hard it is to receive.