Remember when you and your sweetheart first met? You counted the minutes until you saw him again. You called just to hear her sweet voice.
The air was alive with the crackle of sexual energy. You couldn’t get enough of each other and you were always on your best behavior.
It was easy to be playful. What happened to that wonderful, light, fun-filled feeling? And can you get it back?
Eventually, you settled into a routine and began to share everyday life. Being on your best behavior is like holding in your stomach.
You can’t do it forever. The real you, foibles and all, made an appearance. It wasn’t and isn’t always pretty.
Playfulness takes a back seat when he has to duck and take cover when you're not feeling your best and let your temper flare.
Or when she has to put up with your road rage. Or when she promises but forgets to pick up your good suit from the cleaners and you have the most important meeting of your life the next morning.
Or when he helps himself to a piece of the cake you made for a coworker’s birthday party. Any one of a bazillion annoying things can happen to fray the playfulness in your relationship.
What’s more, the mind-numbing fatigue that comes with everyday life has a way of squelching playfulness.
When you were jacked up on new love hormones, you could shrug off the week from hell, strap on your dancing shoes, and let the good times roll.