Nancy Roman

Let Me Count The Ways

I laugh at my husband – a lot.  This is because I find human behavior very funny, and I get to observe his behavior more than most other humans.  Except myself of course.   I watch myself obsessively… and I am a riot.

My husband can be ridiculous and he can be annoying, both of which a fun to write about.

But today is a day for reflection and an appreciation of the sweetness of life.  So here are some of the reasons why I love my husband:

1.  He’s a genius. (and not just because he can see how awesome I am.)  He can fix anything – furnaces, cars, computers.  Once he even fixed my bracelet.  He can look at the innards of stuff and figure out what each gizmo should or should not be doing, and then he can get them to behave.

He built our house.  It’s fabulous. And he installed a generator.  It comes on automatically when we lose power.  That was very handy two weeks ago.  And although it doesn’t provide power to every outlet in the house, my husband made sure that there is power to the outlet where I plug in my hairdryer.

2.    He’s protective.  I’d taken care of myself for a very long time before I met him.  It’s nice to relinquish some of that.  I have a champion.  He offered to beat up a boss who was mean to me, and although I declined, I did enjoy envisioning it.

When we first got married, we lived in a quiet neighborhood.  But my husband still worried about me crossing our mostly deserted road to go to our mailbox.

“How did I ever cross the street before I met you?” I asked jokingly.

“I don’t know.  It’s a miracle you’re alive,” he answered seriously.

3.   He likes bad music.  When we take a long car trip, he makes sure to pack all his Gene Autry CDs. If, after several hours, I politely request something more modern, he’s ready with The Beach Boys.

“The Beatles ruined everything,” he often states, knowing full well that I adore The Beatles.

He doesn’t want music that will change the world.  He wants a dude singing about his car. But if he’s stuck in time musically, he’s also stuck in a very appealing way.  To him, I’m still young, and pretty… and thin.

4.   He’s a very serious guy. He worries.  He’s not lighthearted. He’s never silly.  He’s a built-in challenge that sharpens my wit.  It thrills me to get him to laugh.  Of course, if I can’t, I can always turn on “World’s Dumbest.”  There’s nothing like a teenager smacking himself in the head with his own skateboard to make my husband roar.

5.   He married me.  This sounds like a pathetic, needy gratitude.  But hell, it’s true.  I met him when I was thirty-eight.  My life up until then was full of men, each briefly, with long stretches of solitude in between.  I wasn’t unhappy being single; as a matter of fact, the older I got, the more I liked it.  But at thirty-eight, I did begin to wonder if, just maybe, I might be the teensiest bit unloveable.  But I’m not.  One crazy, but very smart, guy loves me.

Gene Autry starring in the movie

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  1. bigsheepcommunications

    So sweet : )


  2. I love this post. My husband and I will celebrate 32 years of marriage on Friday. I am working on a tribute to him, as well. Much like your husband, mine enjoys bad music, especially on road trips. Thanks for sharing.


    • Can’t wait to read about your sweetie!


  3. You are very blessed. Loved your post and the things that you love about him! It is wonderful to have your own cheerleader, isn’t it??? I have one, too! 🙂


  4. Beautifully said.


  5. Very touching and sweet. When you get a good husband, it is indeed a blessing. You still manage to be funny even when you are serious! How do you do that?


  6. This is incredibly wonderful and sweet. I feel the same way about my hubby, except he’s not quite as good a “fixer”, but for figuring out how to make even my silliest dreams and projects happen, he’s a wiz. Thanks for sharing, it makes me remember and smile. Have a wonderful day. Smiles


    • If he can make your dreams happen….well is there anything better than that?


  7. I love this – especially the part about what makes your husband laugh. He must be doing a good job sharpening your wit, because every post of yours makes me giggle (and by giggle I usually mean practically snort wine through my nose). I’m lucky to also have a wonderful husband – he’s not quite Mr. Fix-It, but he makes me laugh, many times, every day.


  8. That was exquisite. Really.


  9. I understand this perfectly – I have trained my husband onto audiobooks, thank the lord, for roadtrips. And so long as we stick to the classics we can agree (although for some reason, he still won’t listen to Little Women…)


  10. Such wonderful lighthearted musings about love and being grateful for what we’ve got. Love this!!!


  11. Your husband is my new hero. You know, this may be kind of awkward, seeing as we are all married and all, but maybe we could just move in with you two?


    • Some people have said that, but I assure you…. we are really annoying.


  12. This is a lovely post. Your husband sounds like quite a catch 🙂 I hope I can find someone like that one day!


  13. How lucky you are! It’s truly refreshing to hear such GOOD news about marriage. I have so many friends who are unhappy but hanging in there and living separate lives together because it’s too late to change. Life CAN be sweet after all. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Wonderful tribute to your husband. I’m so happy you found each other.


  15. I love this . . . .


  16. Awwwww… how sweet.


  17. Very sweet post. You are lucky to find him.


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