I'm battling two days of severe sleep deprivation – details of which I will provide once I can coherently form complete sentences and, no, it isn't from anything wild, crazy, passionate or fun. But in the midst of my caffeine filled haze I mentally complied some recent & way past experiences and came up with something I call:
Dude, You Know. You Just Know.
You know you're getting older when... you see on the old fb that your twelve year old niece has added jerkin' to her likes and you have to look in up before calling her mother.
You also know you're getting older when... you actually have to stretch first... for everything!
You know you're in love when ... you're both sitting on the couch at her place one evening late. She snuggles against you as you put your arm around her and, before you realize it, she's asleep. You look at her, so calm and at peace. She feels safe in your arms. Then... a tiny construction crew with not so tiny jackhammers gets to work in her nasal passage... And you don't run away.
You know the relationship is solid when... an argument ends like:
Her: … (scowl)
You: Wanna...? (do head-point gesture towards the bed) Y'know.
Her: … 'K... But you're still an asshole.