Reading the card I explained to my students that today was our 39th anniversary - they uttered such phrases "uh that's a long time" or "39 years??" -- twice their age -- you could tell they wondered how or why people stay together that long when their dating relationships last only 6-10 months at best.
One word -- G R A C E --
or maybe that word is . . .
R E S P E C T --
U N S E L F I S H N E S S
A C C E P T A N C E
K I N D N E S S -- or ---
Anyway, my man exemplifies all of those. He's the one who gives me the benefit of the doubt -- who excuses away my crankiness -- or unpredictability. He looks out for what I'm going to need next -- and does the little things -- that go a long way. He's the one who believes I can do anything -- and encourages me to do so.
He's the one who comes up with the most unusual gift ideas -- like the time he went to a recording studio and recorded our favorite song for our anniversary one year. He makes me videos for special occasions -- and creates the most wonderful anniversary celebrations when it's his year to do the planning.
When he shops for gifts, he always buys something I wouldn't dare buy for myself -- but I end up liking ever so much.
He puts my needs ahead of his own and works so very hard -- despite the discomfort from his rheumatoid -- to make sure that I am well taken care of.
|Wedding Day 1-20-73|