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tableau, n.

tableau, n.

We go to visit two friends who've been together for ten years now, five times longer than we have. I look at the ease with which they sit together on the couch. They joke with each other, curl into each other like apostrophes within a quotation mark as they talk. I realize that two years is not a long time. I realize that ten years is not even a long time. But when it seems insurmountable, I need reminders like this that you can get used to it. That it can take on the comfort of the right choice. That lasting things do, in fact, last.

(An excerpt from "A Lover's Dictionary" by David Levithan)