It was within the first couple weeks of knowing each other. He had a late, late night job. I woke up at 2:30 in the morning from a nightmare. I knew he’d be at work. I send him a text message telling him I just had a horrible nightmare. Expecting a text back, I was surprised when he actually called me to calm me down so I could go back to sleep. I felt protected and safe by the sound of his voice. I knew I loved him when he went the extra step and called me rather than just texting back and forth.
Postscript: He no longer works late nights and whenever I have a nightmare I just have to turn over and wake him up. I married that boy.