Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Do It For Love, Love, Love

I might have missed it by a mile, but I'm still responding to MamaKat's prompt from Thursday:

WHY, pray tell, did I get on the phone to the North Carolina booster club and Ticket Office in an undeterred effort to get TWO tickets for the Final Four?

WHY, pray tell, did I then book a frequent flyer ticket and stick it on hold, ensuring the husband could physically get out there?

WHY, pray tell, did I sign up to take him to the airport and take care of our toddler for four days while he's gone? (Thanks be to MOM for offering to come up and help out!! Moms are the best. Aren't we?)

WHY did I stifle my jealously that he'll get to see the Final Four live, next to his best friend, while I stay back and watch it on TV?

Here's why. And I don't say it often enough. Because I love my husband more than anything else in the entire world. Because he asks for nothing, but provides everything in return. Because he is content to live in a cardboard box and eat Ramen minimalist state, operating for his entire life as if we are, indeed, in a Depression, and saving. Because he plans ahead for the future. Because he looks out for his family. He's careful, he's scrupulous, he's rarely indulgent, and passionately loyal. (Yep, he's a Scorpio, too.)

Because he's exceptionally spiritual, without imposing any value judgments on others. Because he's just a genuinely nice guy, that people like. Because he fought me tooth and nail, initially, saying there were so many reasons it wasn't practical for him to fly off to Detroit to watch a bunch of college basketball.

(Oh.. but not just ANY college basketball. This boy bleeds Carolina blue. Chapel Hill is literally in his blood. He would cross oceans in order to watch a Carolina basketball game [on time] and the world actually stops when he is. I call it his 'addiction', but mostly, it's just.. his thing.)

Because he's all of these things, and more. And I love him.

And I'll be thinking all of this while scanning the television tonight for his face in the crowd! GO HEELS!


musingwoman April 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

Great post!

My team didn't make it to the Final Four. Glad it wasn't Carolina who beat them! :)

Pam April 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Visiting from SITS! Sounds like your husband is a great guy! And, he's lucky to have such a thoughtful wife. Enjoy the game!

Kim April 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

This is a very sweet ode to your husband. I think it's important to do that. So often I find myself complaining to my friends about how my husband doesn't do this or is lacking in this area that I have to stop myself.

Thanks for your comment today on my blog. I'm glad it made you stop and reconsider your life a bit. I'm not complaining about having to work but don't think I didn't consider every alternative before reluctantly going back:) We're lucky over here in Canada that our maternity leave is for one year. I could easily be a stay at home mom. But I also know the grass is always greener on the other side. My sister is a stay-at-home mom near Detroit and she always tells me that she feels like she doesn't have a real purpose. I remind her of her three exceptional children that are a direct result of her.

Jeanne Estridge April 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

Always good to hear a wife say nice things about her guy. You did it for the exact same reason I bought Old Dog his first Nascar tickets for his 50th b-day, and then sat for 6 hours in the broiling sun watching cars go around in circles.

Anonymous,  April 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

Awwwww...that is the sweetest! I knew you had done it but you just showed what a loving and unselfish gesture it was. You're the best!

Tami (Pixeltrash) April 4, 2009 at 2:02 PM  

Hee hee... loved the cardboard box/ramen noodles comment. Very sweet of you to do that for your hubby. Me? I'd be begging to stay home. LOL!

septembermom April 4, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

What a nice love note to your husband! I'm sure that he thinks you're pretty terrific too! Hope your hubby has a blast at the game:)

Anonymous,  April 4, 2009 at 6:40 PM  

You are doing the most. Very sweet wife you are.

Keely April 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

Aw, what a nice tribute! Men are good at remembering to pamper us but we forget sometimes...

...oh, just me. Okay.

Casey April 4, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

That's a great reason to do it for. Your husband sounds a lot like mine, always giving and never asking for anything in return. Man, I guess I should buy him something now. Jeez.

IB April 5, 2009 at 6:51 AM  

That's a great tribute.

buffalodick April 5, 2009 at 7:05 AM  

Nice thing to do- sorry about the weather here...

Anonymous,  April 5, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

He's a lucky man.

So glad they won!

FoN April 5, 2009 at 10:02 PM  

Awe, that's sweet of you. I must admit I thought the 'Final Four' was a band for the first part of that post. I'm Canadian, we only have hockey up here. ;)

H.K. April 6, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

The things we do for love...and he sounds like he's worth it!

Debbie April 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

He is a very lucky guy!

buffalodick April 6, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

Your team favored by 11 points last check.. I'll take Spartans and the point spread!

Mommynightowl April 6, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

great workshop post! Lucky guy

Hit 40 April 6, 2009 at 5:54 PM  

Good wife! I love your black and white photo of yourself. Very glamorous. Hopefully his team wins! Always makes the sports trip more fun ;-) Great funny photo today on my blog. It will make you giggle

Jenners April 7, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

This was wonderful. And when you can give a great gift like this to someone who you love so much, you must do it ... they don't come along often.



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