PHOTO BY Maria Stijger FOR CUP OF JO

I have to write a little love note. This weekend, I got food poisoning and was a complete mess. But despite my sunken eyes and ashen skin, Alex took such good care of me. He rubbed my back, did an awesome dance, brought me saltines and ice chips, sat very very still on the bed (as requested) and read me “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although I was moaning through most of it, I felt so grateful. I love you, Alexei.

(Photo by Maria Stijger, via Lost.)