Happy Birthday Husband


I cannot friggin’ believe you are 34.

We met when you were 20 and I was 19. We were both independent, pig-headed, ‘always-right’, and direction-less.

We still are (in some ways).

Things that have happened on your birthday have ranged from the mundane to the extraordinary (and the extraordinarily stupid).

I will save you from the sordid details of birthdays past. To Quinn: you are welcome. To all others: I am sorry you will not get to shake your head, cry, and laugh at my husband’s expense; it is one of the perks of being together for so many birthdays.

I have been thinking often lately about our relationship. I tend to do this when our life goes through momentous changes or tragedies (so I think a LOT).

So I give you “Things I Love About my Husband”

Actually I wasn’t sure on how to start something like this and I find it tough to be smooshy and gushy and lovey and serious. So I went in search of ideas on how I wanted to format it. Maybe a list or a letter or I could try and incorporate action movie quotes? Maybe I could correct and alter a really mushy, cheesy love song?

I changed my mind; I decided that this is more of a list of

“Things my Husband Should Never Stop Doing”

and should not be confused with “A List of Things my Wife will Never get Frustrated About and/or Complain About”

Don’t stop hoping and dreaming. I don’t ever want to hear you say, “I can’t do that because <insert some lame reason here>” Unless the lame reason is me and I told you not to do that ever.

When I met you, I met someone who left school in grade 9. Most people would stop dreaming university dreams but not you.

Don’t stop having lame jokes. They sometimes make me grimace but it may be part of your charm.

When I met you, I thought you were funny. I didn’t know you were ripping off jokes from the Comedy Channel.

Don’t stop spewing far too much info about Crossfit/religion/politics/whatever-else-you-get-hooked-on.

When I met you, I wasn’t interested in any of those things. Your passion makes me have passion and I like that.

Don’t stop believin’; hold onto that feelin’. Now what are the rest of the lyrics to the song, Quinn?

When I met you, you knew all the wrong words to many songs and sang them loudly. That hasn’t changed. Continue that… because that is funny shit.

Don’t stop watching super hero cartoons with your daughter. She loves them

When I met you, you were a comic book nerd/badass. It’s good for your personality so keep it up.

Don’t stop. I want to push you to do/be everything.

When I met you, my aspirations were small and simple. You have pushed me through my BEd degree, exercise programs, mothering, and working. I simply cannot do things as well without you. Most of them I would not have even attempted.



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