Steve and I will soon be celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary. What I mean by celebrating is usually dinner and a movie. I’m not belittling our celebration, it’s our comfort. It’s time together. It’s easy and uncomplicated.
January is the month that he is away from home more than he is home. It’s work. It’s trade show season and it’s not a surprise. It’s just fact.
This morning I chatted via text with a friend who asked if we were available for a little road trip this weekend. I unfortunately had to say no. Steve is out of town and I have a day date planned with my two best girl friends.
My friend said, “nice…..or maybe not so nice.”
I responded, “not so nice. I actually really like him. I miss him when he’s gone.”
The response back was “wow that’s really weird…..two people who actually “like” each other…….what do you call this unusual phenomenon?”
I know his comment was on the sarcastic side but really……it made me think.
I really like my husband. I really do. He is kind and thoughtful. He is a gentleman and truly looks towards the needs of others before himself.
Now, don’t for a minute think the last 34 years has been all rose petals and such. It definitely has not and there have been times that I wondered if we would make it, due to my own stupidity. I mean REALLY stupid. But as we have walked this crazy road of life together, we truly complete one another.
We have raised two fabulous kids and have watched them become wonderful adults. They still want to spend time with us which is a giant accomplishment in itself.
We have renovated a 4500 square foot nasty NASTY house together. Board by board working side by side.
We have celebrated new life and mourned deaths together.
It’s called life. Sometimes it’s a beautiful celebration and sometimes it’s got wrenching sadness.
I have watched as we became grandparents. The unconditional and deep love you show to a little boy.
But through it all, we are friends. The one who holds my hair when I’m sick. The one whom I hold the tools for as I watch him use the skills God so greatly gave him. The one whom I laugh the hardest and cry the softest.
Today, not in two weeks on our actually anniversary day…. I celebrate.
I celebrate not only that we’ve made it this long but that I like you.
I really really like you .