Friday, May 1, 2009

A Reminder


Coach and I are very different people. He's more of a "let me tell you what you did wrong so we can correct it" sort of guy, and I'm a "lets focus on what you did right so we can make sure we do that again" sort of gal. He loves Metallica, I love Trace Adkins. He's blunt, I'm more diplomatic. He likes asparagus, I like green beans. I wonder sometimes how we've made it almost 17 years together.


I suppose it could be because every time he stops at the convenience store on his way home from somewhere, he brings me a large Diet Dr. Pepper from the fountain and my favorite chocolate bar. It might be because he'll sit and watch Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure with me anytime I need to. Or it might be because he seems to understand that when I'm closeted in the bathroom for more than ten minutes, it means I'm engrossed in a really good book and he should NOT give me any grief about having disappeared for half an hour.


I guess it could be because I bring him home little treats from the grocery store each week just for him; this week, it was tapioca pudding. It might be due to my habit of making sure that each day starts and ends with a hug and a kiss, with many more in between. Possibly it might be because I still laugh at his stupid jokes and weak puns.


He doesn't make me feel bad for being a lousy housekeeper and cook. I don't pit us against each other in an IQ test. He buys me chocolate, I buy him beer. He indulges my borderline insane need to read constantly; I indulge his obsession with all things sports.


We complement each other, I think. We make the other one look good, without losing a part of ourselves in the process. He's my favorite person and my best friend. I'm his sounding board and Coach-to-Parent translator. We.... fit.


And today I just needed to remind myself of that.


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9 comments:

kaye said...

We all need to remind ourselves of that from time to time, nice story

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Cecily R said...

I'd say you and Coach were made for each other...and you remind me so much of Jon and me it makes me laugh.

T said...

good reminder - and even though I don't like chocolate and Q doesn't drink beer... we've got a similar thing worked out :)

Karen said...

Awww, you two are so much in love. If only all couples realized what it took to make it through nearly 17 years of marriage.

raino said...

lovely tribute to your relationship.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Opposites attract. :)

Ryanne said...

It is so nice to have those differences, they make life more interesting...I couldn't imagine being married to someone just like me...I think I would either spend my time being so bored or going crazy. Wonderful tribute!

Flea said...

Sounds like a perfect combination. Thanks for the window in. :)

I Am Boymom said...

I love your writing...you bring me into your life. And thanks for the reminder, because my "fit" seems a little off lately.