This IS the two of us. My daughter and I.
There is no JUST needed.
A couple of months ago we were on a day out and the lady we were buying our entry tickets off asked, ‘Is it just the two of you?’
I didn’t think much of it at the time and then my daughter asked me why she’d asked us if it was *just* the two of us, did she think a daddy should be with us too? I said that she was probably just checking that no one else was on the way.
Since then I’ve been really aware of how many people say ‘Is it just the two of you?’. The *just* seems to always be emphasised too, as if we’re not complete without someone else. I wondered if I was reading too much into it, so I decided to carry out a little experiment.
Over the last couple of months I have listened very carefully in restaurants and ticket lines and I have heard couples and friends being asked, ‘Is it the two of you?’ or ‘Is it a table for two?’…there is no *just* in this instance. I’ve also been for meals with friends and been asked, ‘Is it a table for two?’ and if the numbers are higher than two, then it’s, ‘Is it a table for three…etc?’ You get the picture right?
I was also chatting to someone about booking a summer holiday for my daughter and I and received the response, ‘Won’t solitary dinners and long evenings on your own feel a bit tragic?’
Firstly, I would be eating dinner WITH my daughter, and secondly, I’m bloody good company, so once my daughter is asleep I’ll be loving life with my own thoughts.
Anyway, JUST is a tiny, little, insignificant word that implies that whatever follows is insignificant too; a word that minimises anything thereafter.
Please stop asking us if it’s *just* the two of us. It IS the two of us. We are enough as it is.
Please do stop and take a photo for us though, it’s very rare we get one together that’s not a selfie.