I am so thankful for the women who loved you. Whether they were flings or long-term relationships, I am thankful for them.
I am thankful for the girl you dated in high school who broke your heart for the first time and I am thankful for the girls you fantasized about in your college classes. These women did nothing wrong. They were new to the dating world just like you and maybe you both honestly thought it would work out in the long run, but I am so happy they didn't.
The women before me loved you.
They helped you learn how to love someone. They taught you how to express feelings and the value of being held.
They helped you through brokenness I never could've and expanded your views of the world.
All the good and bad in those relationships help you and I have the relationship we have now. I'm not saying being your partner is always easy, sometimes we argue or get on each other's nerves.
However, you come at every situation with compassion and laughter. I don't know who taught you to be the way you are, but I am thankful for them.
I'm most thankful for your mom.
I haven't met her, although one day I hope to, she created you. She raised you to be the person you are today.
You are authentic, grounded, compassionate and driven. You are the most selfless person I have met and I know you got that from watching your mother be the same way.
You have this way of being vulnerable and elegant, even when we dance like robots in the kitchen. Your joy fills our home and all I know is that if I want to be with someone, its someone like that.