At Thanksgiving time, people all over America are listing all the things for which they are thankful. I am joining that group and stating that I am thankful today, as I am every day for my husband Darren. I met him when I was a pretty young girl of 19. All these years later, I am a pretty older thing at 54, and adore my husband who has been my best friend and my husband for the past 30 years.
I am thankful for Darren for many reasons. One is because he used the best pickup line ever when he introduced himself to me back in college. That story was shared in a previous article, part of which I will quote here:
The Communist Manifesto is one of my favorite books because when I was reading it as part of my college honor’s program I met my husband. I was sitting in a lounge area reading the book when my husband walked up to me and said what to this date is the best pick up line ever, “Karl Marx was an idiot.” Click here to read the rest of this sweet story.
Amazingly, I fell in love with Darren that day and had visions about us hopping a plane to Vegas and getting married. I didn’t care that we were both dating other people. Darren was a little slower than I and we remained strictly friends for two years. We dated for two years and then we got married, then 31 years went by and arrived at today. I am thankful that he thought Marx was an idiot. I am thankful that he gave me the gift of his friendship. I am thankful he shared his life with me.
Over the past 30 years, we have experienced more things than I can list here. We have four children now, but once upon a time, we struggled with infertility. In one of our first apartments together on neighbor was a crazy old lady who screamed all the time. The other neighbor was part of a horrible rock band that practiced 18 hours a day.
In the beginning, we were college students. Now we are helping one child through grad school and getting ready to pay tuition for another to start college. Back when we first got together we were selfish and rolled out of the house to travel with no notice at all. Now it seems as if we need a strategic plan to get around the children’s schedules.
We have argued and we have made up. On many occasions, we have cried each other to sleep. We have nursed each other through illness and heartache. Through all the days, good and bad, I am grateful for my husband. His friendship, smile, and comfort are invaluable resources.
There are always stories and controversies about the demise of the institution of marriage. The stories say that women are nothing without husbands or that husbands are no longer needed. I don’t get involved with all those conversations. I love my husband, I am thankful for him. God has blessed us to live a wonderful life together. So today, as I am every day, I am thankful for my husband.
I thank God for my husband because he has proven to be a treasure beyond measure. I like the fact that he sees what he does with our children as parenting and not as helping me out. There is something wonderful about having a husband who is a best friend and partner in life.
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