My husband used to start my car for me on cold mornings, would turn the heater on full blast as he brushed off the snow and ice. I guess we’re even now. I used to make lunches for him to take to work, but no more. I’d hand him the bulky paper bag with a kiss and a whisper about last night or tonight after the girls are in bed. I packed him heart-healthy meals, since his cholesterol was up: turkey sandwiches on whole wheat, oat bran muffins, baggies of grapes or sliced carrots. I quit doing it when I found the cache of uneaten lunches stuffed behind the seat of his truck, along with the crumpled McDonald’s bags and dented soda cups.

Loving gestures, long gone. –HARD FROST BY REGINA BUTTNER

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a dying love.

Journaling Prompt: What are some loving things you used to do for your spouse or partner that you don’t do anymore? Why?

Art Prompt: Loving gestures

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about some small things they can do to improve their relationship.

Photo Credit: Dennis S. Hurd on Flickr

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