I've concluded that there are some things that can only occur in the context of this holy, sacred, kinship-forming, gift from God called marriage.
There are just some things that can only carry a certain weight when coming from one spouse to another. No other human bond can match it.
Take this conversation I had with hubby for instance...
Hubby returned today from a weekend in Texas. In the midst of our catching up on each other's lives, our conversation took a turn like this:
Me: (feeling sorry for myself) "Yeah, I've been dieting all weekend. I actually have a hunger headache, like right now."
Hubby: "Honey, you've had 3 babies. You look good."
Me: "No, but I..."
Hubby: (cutting me off mid-sentence and looking me straight in the eye) "Babe, you look GOOD!"
Me: (holding my head a little higher) "Oh...okay."
Well then, I guess that settles that. I look GOOD.
See what I mean? Now, pass the chocolate!