Aaron’s been telling me about meeting his wife on an online dating site. Now, they live together in a house in Albany Park.
I think my first email was like, Hey I like your profile. Do you wanna go run with squirrels, laugh with small children, and scare the old people? You know, just goofy banter. She picked up on it and played along. She was like, Yeah we’ll open a Kool-Aid stand and we’ll spike the drinks for the puppies.
I like being with someone who’s open-minded and has different tastes, someone who’s independent and can take care of themselves, someone who’s humor, even in the most frustrating moment, can still have some ridic—life is pretty ridiculous. Being a therapist, I don’t come home and talk about my day very often because it’s terrible. I mean, my day’s not terrible, but I listen to peoples’ sad stories. It’s fairly intense. You get exhausted giving out so much energy and not getting it back. It’s called compassion fatigue. My wife works as an administrator in a hospital working with cancer patients, so we have a similar understanding about self-care and need for balance.
(Photo by Heather Phillips)
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