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23 Things That Happen When You've Been With Your Partner for a Long, Long Time

Co-authored by Sukhmani Waraich

Do you remember the time it took you to go from months to years when describing the duration of your relationship? Do you remember when you were not in a relationship with your partner? If that bygone era is a faint memory for you, you know that you’re in a no-holds-barred, long-term, disgustingly comfortable relationship. You may not know it but most long-term couples have some things in common. From public displays of burps to cleaning the other’s food-stained face, long-term couples are a sight for the jealous crowds. Here are 23 things that happen when you’ve been with someone for so long that you feel like a veteran among other “newbie” couples.

The ideal date night is a night-in, in your pyjamas, binge-watching your favourite show.

Burps and farts aren’t offensive, or disgusting, anymore. If you’ve known each other long enough, you probably have your own way of competing for the best one.

You have a shared friend circle where no one remembers a time when you weren’t together.

You don’t panic and break down when someone asks about your plans to 'settle down.'

You don’t tell each other about spinach stuck in your SO’s tooth, or a booger sticking out of their nose. You simply reach out and clean it for them.

Neither of you freak out when you finish each other’s sentences. It’s creepy for others but a way of life for you. “I was just thinking the same thing” is an oft repeated sentence.

You can talk about ANYTHING. And sometimes the most romantic conversations are your shared political affiliations.

Their parents consider you a part of their family and vice versa. It’s almost The Brady Bunch.

The toilet-seat battle is passé for you. You plan bigger conspiracies like locking your SO in the loo after you stink it up.

Silences are no longer awkward pauses. You don’t feel the need to fill it with words all the time, and it doesn’t mean you’re bored. You’re just quiet.

Your texts mostly contain just one word, or emoji, and your SO always gets the message.

You eat like cavemen in front of each other and, at some point, you have fought over food.

Sexy selfies are so old school. Goofy is the new hot.

You don’t get jealous of them checking other people out. You check out people together now.

What starts as spooning, ends up in an awkward Indian Railway 3-tier berth sharing position.

You enjoy B-Grade movies as much as (or even more than) classic cinema.

You’re totally comfortable with your SO seeing the real you in the morning—in all your stinky breath and Medusa hair glory.

You have so many inside jokes together, it feels like an entirely different language to a third person.

You don’t feel the need to purposely lose a game for them. In fact the closer both of you are, the more competitive you get.

Nothing comes in the way of sex—periods, body hair, bad breath, or anything else. Also, the sex is great because both of you know exactly what the other likes and dislikes.

You make inappropriate jokes about them without fearing a fight.

You wear each other’s clothes without batting an eyelid.

They know when you need to talk, and they know when to leave you alone. Their accuracy is so annoying that you pick up a fight just because they’re so perfect.

Despite all the grossness and crossed boundaries, you know that there’s no one else with whom you would rather spend the rest of your life.

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