Today, a list of reasons why I feel so incredibly, profoundly fortunate to share a life with this man:
- He's a fabulous cook. - He's stoic to the marrow of his bones. - He has a copyright symbol tattooed directly between his shoulderblades. - He likes to garden, and grows beautiful vegetables. - He is utterly unequivocal. Look up "unequivocal" in the dictionary, and you'll find his picture. - He once wrote me a note that said "I love you more than bacon." - He wears converse hightops with the laces undone. He wore them the day I met him (with a cowboy hat) and he wears them still. He wears each pair until the soles wear through and the seams burst, and then breaks out a new pair. - He has a very deep voice. - He is a superb father. - He reads every newspaper he can get his hands on, every day. - He knows how to make a pinhole camera. - The other day, when I was under the weather, he brought me a double-chocolate Blizzard from DQ and an Orange Julius. - He plays a mean guitar. - He doesn't know anything about cars. - In his world, there is no "can't". Together, he believes, we can do anything we set our mind to. Anything. - He follows in nobody's footsteps. - He has been throughout his life a chef and a journalist, sometimes consecutively. - He's completely devoted to those he loves. - He doesn't watch sports, but he's always game for a six-hour hike in the mountains. - He once gave me a can of SPAM-n-Cheese as a gift. He also once gave me a trip to San Francisco for my birthday. - He's not afraid to go to the opera. - He sometimes brings me flowers for no reason. - He is a brilliant comedian. I've never met anyone with better comic timing. - He owns his mistakes with dignity and humility. - He loves camping in the desert. - He has a work ethic out of another, more diligent era, and he never, ever takes a sick day. - He gets emotional about dogs. - He's not afraid to make fun of himself. - When his mountain bike was stolen, he bought us each a three-speed cruiser with the insurance money, so that we could go on breezy afternoon rides on his days off. - He has trouble pronouncing the word "wolf", which makes me laugh, and which is (I swear!) only a small part of the reason that I chose a house on Wolff Street when we were looking for our new home. - He always has a new adventure planned for the next day off. - He shares the housework with me 50/50, and never has to be asked. - When I asked him to adopt a little girl from China with me, he said "yes".