Saturday, February 02, 2013
February of 2013 has already arrived. Last month I posted on my daily blog to help make me accountable of my New Years Resolutions. This month I'll be posting about love. Love has an enormous influence on ones self mentally, physically and spiritually. It is a vital part of making me the person I desire to be.
Prelude to a short-short "love" story. It is really just a day to some people, but to me it is a novel of love. It is a story that contains sacrifice, putting others first, time, effort, sharing, communicating, and kindness ungrudging. Today I felt extremely loved. I've been married to the same man for 42 years this coming May and many may think that feeling loved is a given because of the time thing. That is not so! (There is good, bad and ugly.) Those who have been married for any length of time know that. Love means giving of yourself. Love cannot be left alone and un-nourished. It can not be taken for granted and expected to continue to live.
The short-short "love" story.
Today my dh called me to his computer to do some research with him for a special dinner of celebration tonight. He had promised to take me somewhere special for my birthday dinner the weekend after his next payday. This is it. We researched our local area for a dining experience that would be an adventure in that we hadn't been there before and wasn't a commercial chain restaurant. We found a wonderful sounding Cuban cuisine place at a reasonable distance from our home. (My dh travels over a 100 miles a day, five days a week for work and does NOT like to travel on weekends.) We put on our going out clothes (This attire isn't a normal happiness for my dh.) and set out to travel to what we both expected to be a delight. When we got to the local area we were headed for the traffic and people were beyond highly busy! Apparently, there was an art festival going on (we had no idea) and roads were blocked and parking was unobtainable. We couldn't get within a mile of the restaurant in our car. Our adventure took us over an hour of stop, go, wait and oops that is the wrong way. It wasn't turning out like we had hoped. lol Hmmm ... A discussion to go onto plan B occurred. lol No, I didn't want to have a sandwich and drink at a pub. No, I didn't want pizza for my "special" birthday dinner. Taco Bell was out of the question. (My dh thinks he has a sense of humor, but I beg to differ on this occasion.) He offered to take me into the next county to a wonderful restaurant I love (The Catfish Place in Apopka, FL). I hadn't been there in over 18 months (the last time I went with a girlfriend for her birthday) and is the only place I know of that serves fried green tomatoes within a 100 miles. I was over joyed! We went and it was beyond words in wonderful! My dh was very attentive and acted like we'd just gone down the street instead of almost 30 miles one way. Wow! After a leisurely meal my dh offered to wait in the car while I went in a store nearby. (Wow! Another delightful surprise!) The store had materials I was wanting for my classroom at work. (I'd been meaning to go there but hadn't been able to make my time table get me there through out the week.) This was a very BIG deal! When we returned home my dh insisted on opening doors and allowing me to enter first. A message awaited my dh. Why hadn't he showed up for the guys afternoon out? (I never knew anything about this.) When I questioned him about it his reply was "I wanted this to be my girls day out ... with me."
So do you recognize why this as a true love story? If you do, then I know love is within you.
Share a loving word with someone today! Hugs and hugs!!