“The most important thing about being in a relationship is making your partner happy,” Valois said. “Even if that means not being the strong one. Even if it means doing things that society perceives as weak and unmanly. There is nothing wrong with being ‘the weak one’. The more you know your partner, the more you know what makes them happy. And sometimes what makes them happy is when you let them be the strong one, no matter how insignificant the situation.”
Mort leaned back against the counter, watching him. “You mean like letting them buy you flowers and stuff, rather than the other way around?”
“That is one thing, if you love flowers, yes.” The kettle had boiled, and Valois poured a little hot water into the teapot, swilling it around before he tipped it out. He added four teaspoons of loose-leaf tea, then poured in more water, settled the lid on the pot, and snugged a knitted cosy around it.
“But there are other, smaller things that you can do to make your partner happy,” he said with a little smile as he watched Gunther hanging out the washing outside the kitchen window. “Even the simplest thing, if it brings joy for your partner, is something you can—indeed should—do, or let them do.”
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