Friday, September 7, 2012

Be jealous...

When I brag, I like to be subtle-ish about it: "I'm very concerned that Child X won't learn true repentance since he's never lied to us," or "I wish Chris would stop buying me red roses every week when he brings home flowers.  He should branch out and try something new."  This time, however, I'm going with all-out, in-your-face bragging.

My husband rocked out my birthday this year.  That, along with the fact that he freely offered a guiltless sick day on Labor Day, when I had a nasty, nasty stomach bug but no vomiting (That's actually an important detail.  I require vomit-evidence to grant more than 2 hours sympathy to him.) that ended with all the dishes done and the house cleaned up, has awarded him my goodwill for at least year.

Chris had me get a babysitter for the day for my birthday.  That morning I opened my birthday present and found 6 envelopes labelled with times throughout the day.

He kissed me, told me to open each envelope at the given time and left for work.  I settled the kids in with a sitter and sent him a picture of myself leaving for my amazing day.
I wanted to send plenty of evidence that this sitter for a day on your birthday thing is a great idea.  I opened my first envelope at 8:00.  His note sent me to Barnes and Noble with a giftcard to "Buy some books for your trip and drink some coffee.  You're going to have a busy day."  I wandered the book store for a glorious hour and left with these.

I opened the next envelope at 10:30.  I was a little concerned when I read "Relax and give it a shot" followed by an address.  Tattoo?  Body piercing?  No, he'd gotten me a massage.  When I left the massage glowing with relaxation, I found Chris waiting outside.  The 12:00 envelope was for lunch with him at one of my favorite restaurants.
One of my very favorite people, Janet, picked me up after lunch.  The 2:00 envelope announced pedicures for Janet and me - the fancy kind I never get for myself.
After.  The cute little feet are Janet's.  The clodhoppers are mine.
The 3:30 envelope sent Janet and me with a gift card to a tea room to drink tea and buy some fancy tea and a new tea cup to take home.  The For a Lady is my favorite, and the tea cup has changed my life. It has a built-in strainer for loose leaf tea.*
The 6:30 envelope sent me to his office parking lot where these two handsome guys knocked on my window.

Chris got us box seats to see The Lion King.  He had gone home and picked up my two big boys so they could join us.  The show was amazing.  The seats were awesome.  I felt like a celebrity.
At the end of the night I felt loved, appreciated, known and my toes were pretty.

So, amazing as he his, Chris does occasionally piss me off.  For the past 12 years, I've had a little routine I go through when he really upsets me.**  When I start running through the mental list that ends in, "He's a jerk.  He doesn't love me," I try to stop and run through the things he has done that show he loves me and he's a good man.  Here's a sampling from the list...
  1. He asked first before he kissed you for the first time.
  2. He always tells you the truth.
  3. When you have hard and embarrassing things to tell him, he doesn't shame you and responds with grace.***
  4. After you lost Caleb, he checked the mail every day so he could get rid of the baby mail before you saw it.
  5. He gave you a Valentine's Day card in Spanish.****
  6. He goes out of his way to be nice to your grandmother.
  7. He's a great dad.
  8. He rocked out your 36th birthday.  Seriously, it was better than 21, and that's impressive.
"But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you..."  W.B. Yeats

* I realize that sentence puts me in very special nerd category.
** Actually this is the more mature later phase of that routine.  I'm leaving off the childishness and selfishness that precedes this.
*** He does, however, shame me over my sense of direction and capacity for insanity.  See this and this.
**** I don't speak Spanish, which made what would have been a cheesy Valentine's card into something truly entertaining.  


  1. Your husband is a true genius. Good man. Good man.

  2. I love this entertaining and I love that you were surprised with a great day...kudos to Chris!

  3. Chris has very much impressed his father in law! So thoughtful to my Princess! He has set the bar quite high for thoughtfulness and creativity in expressing his love for our precious daughter.

  4. Ahhhh...... So impressed. Don't you just love it when you get a new treasured life memory. I love Chris for being such a great father and husband. Momma

  5. You look like royalty in your box seats!


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