Navigating Spirituality in a Relationship
This story was originally published as a 2nd Story performance piece, 2011
On a weekend morning in January, a few years ago, I was lying in bed with Jess. Jess and I had just started sleeping together, and we had woken up in my apartment in Edgewater.
The winter sunlight poured in through my windows and lit up the bedroom in golden light. Jess’s long brown legs were tangled up with the sheets, my fingers in the locks of her hair, and we were cozy amongst the pillows and blankets, talking about, well, “everything” and “nothing”, the kind of conversations you have with a new lover. We talked about where we grew up, our favorite stuffed animals from childhood, and if we ever sang to the mirror in our underwear as teenagers, or as adults.
Then she asked me, shyly, the kind of question you only ask when you are really comfortable and safe with someone. She turned in bed so that she could face me, and she asked, “CP, do you believe in God?”