Thursday, February 12, 2009

That's What I Love About You


Thirteen Things I Love About My Husband, Jorge

1. He lets me put my cold feet on him. He is a furnace, or as Margaret Thatcher has reportedly called him, a "hunka-hunka burnin' love."

2. Every night, to help me get to sleep, he puts up with the noise of an air purifier, a space heater and a TV which is set to automatically shut off in one hour. It's actually penance for when he broke up with me in college, but he doesn't know it.

3. He eats anything I cook. In 23 years, he has never once said, "No thanks" because something turned out badly, which happens at least weekly. However, I will probably pay for his kindness when his stomach gives up someday because I'll have to take care of him 24/7 and have no one to blame but myself for cooking for him.

4. He has his own "library" in the corner of our family room. He has an old La-Z-Boy recliner with two end tables at each side stacked with books and a small wicker wastebasket under one table. ? (Doesn't every library have to have books AND a wastebasket?) He reads or works on his laptop in the library, and sometimes he wears great big spongy headphones to block out the noise in the family room. Sometimes, for no reason and when it's already really quiet, he just randomly pipes up with, "SHHHHH. I'M IN THE LIBRARY." It cracks me up because it's kind of like a kid who jumps off the sofa and claims he's flying.

5. He watches LOST. I'd hate to have to divorce after 23 years if this were not so, but I think it's a "deal-breaker" for both of us if one quits watching at this point. He won't tell me who he thinks the prettiest girl on the show is because he's afraid of me. He's like, "There are girls on the show?"

6. He is good to and loves my parents. He gets a bazillion points for this. He even put up with it good naturedly when for years my mom claimed, "I can't get used to his name. He looks like a 'David.'" And very often she called him "David." It's kind of like when Endora called Darrin "Darwood" and "Derwin," etc., all the time. Uh, that would make him married to a witch. Hmmm. BTW, my calling him "Jorge" is not anything like what my mom did. Not at all.

7. He helps me with computer stuff. I think God made me computer-dumb just to provide Jorge with many trials by fire. You know; God wants to see how he'll handle the next "computer situation with Lidna."

8. He kind of has the Absent-Minded Professor syndrome. He's a little scattered in some areas, but he makes up for it in smartness. He is the smartest person I've ever met. People think he's smart, but they don't really know how smart he is. Only I know that, and so I blackmail him by withholding that info, or people would constantly be recruiting him to be Al Gore's assistant. Because God created Jorge just a little lower than the angels Al Gore.

9. He spoils me with little acts of kindness, like putting gas in my car and putting it in the garage, or dusting because of my allergies, or scrubbing tubs because of my skin issues, or dropping me off at doors in bad weather, or putting a blanket over me when I nap. As Tavares so eloquently sang in the 1976: "Heaven Must Be Missin' An Angel."

10. He's planning something for Valentine's Day that I do not know about yet. Here's hoping it's 3 or 4 Vermont Teddy Bears.

11. He is 46 but his body looks like he's 36 or 26. Seriously. When he plays football in the yard with a baseball cap turned around, my heart flutters.

12. He has compassion for the marginalized and poverty-stricken.

13. He reads this blog every day and often tells me how great/funny my writing is. Or we'll just be out to dinner or riding in the car and he'll insert something I've written from a post into conversation. I think he's totally buttering me up, but it works.

*Bonus* Last but not least: He sees something in me that makes him love me, and I don't know what it is, but I'm ever-so-glad.

Love you, Honey!

And now, here is my Valentine's Day card to Jorge. You make me feel like dancing. In a red jumpsuit, like this:

40 comments:

missy said...

this is A-dorable!!! so much that made me smile...your mother referring to him as david, lost being a dealbreaker, the red jumpsuits, the library, etc. what a sweet marriage you have.

Robin said...

It sounds like you have a great hubs ! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours !!

Merrie said...

Oh,Lid! You are so blessed! Hold on to and cherish that man! You really do live dangerously by advertising to the world what a wonderful man you have. He is a treasure for sure and he is blessed to have you!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Loved this one, Linda. Loved it! Especially "It's actually penance for when he broke up with me in college, but he doesn't know it." BwwwwaaaHaHaHaHa!!!

darla said...

how sweet, this made me think of all the wonderful things about my own husband...i think i will suprise him with a video post for him! thanks for inspiring me Linda!

Mocha with Linda said...

So sweet. Guess I didn't need the sugar in my coffee this morning after all.

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

That is so so very sweet.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Oh I love the library one!

And #11 - That's the way it should be...heart all fluttery ;)

and #13 - I think is awesome. My hubby does the same thing, and even though I tease him and give him a hard time about it...I love it :)

skoots1mom said...

aaawwwww! your words will be a gr8 gift to him...
so where's the pic of him in the yard with his at on backwards?:)

I love to hear really good love stories, and you've got it
<3 <3 <3

mtnest423 said...

I am just now catching up on posts because #1) our internet has been down [AGAIN] and #2) things have been incredibly hectic around here. But...yesterday, Feb. 11, is my dad's birthday too!

Just a little useless trivia. :)

Sitesx6 said...

Oh that is just so sweet. I love people who are still in love after years of marriage. What a gift.

I totally adore my husband too. I love that my heart still flutters when I look at him, after 18 years together. :) I hope his heart still flutters when he looks at me. :)
Kelly in Michigan

Lois Lane II said...

Awww...how sweet! I love it when husbands (my friends', my dad, MINE, lol) put gas in the vehicles. I just think that is so wonderful.

Beverlydru said...

Great post! You are too funny. I find it interesting that you say that you are not as funny in person. I'm opposite...I just blogged it about the personalities this morning. Go figure- I don't "write" funny but am much more expressive in person.
We'd get along great... and both have fine husbands who love us in spite of ourselves. Thank God!!

Greg C said...

I am just as thoughtful. I keep gas in the mower so that my wife can mow the lawn. Sometimes I even pull start the weedwacker for her. I think three teddy bears is over the legal limit. One per customer please. Let someone else have that special moment.

Barbara H. said...

Aww, how sweet! I love when my husband does little thoughtful things like refiling the gas tank on my car, too, and I also don't know quite what he sees in me, but I am glad he does.

Heth said...

So stinking sweet. Love it.

Cathy Davis said...

Awwwww Lidna - that's adorable!

*waves at Jorge*

Sue said...

That was a wonderful post. It made me realize that Rob does so many of those same things. Guess I'll go make him something special for Valentine's Day. We're both pretty lucky girls.

Chatty Kelly said...

Awww - my hubs always fills my car up with gas too. Tomorrow I am blogging about my guy, as many have asked because of our age difference. SO be on the lookout!
:-)

samurai said...

Now that was cool!

Laurie Ann said...

Too sweet! Jorge is one-of-a-kind! Is that supposed to be hyphenated? Sigh. Hope Jorge enjoys his Valentine and tell him good answer about no girls being on Lost, LOL!

The Quiet One said...

I love this! Perhaps if I'd read #7 before I emailed you, I' might not have! ;) Seriously though you were a big help - thank you! :)

Rachel said...

This is a WONDERFUL post! Good job!

(I hope you do get the Vermont teddy bears just because I'd LOVE to see the blogs that would result from such a gift!)

annie's eyes said...

Now there's a sweet valentine! Once in a lifetime, I'd say. Thanking God for my guy today, too. Life is good. Love you, A

Mel said...

I keep typing and backspacing because I can't find the right adjectives for such a wonderful post.

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

That was a really great post to honor your Valentine with. We are so blessed to have in our lives such wonderful husbands. I really love mine of 37 years!!!

Christine said...

You are blessed! What a keeper!

Esthermay said...

This is very sweet.
GOD bless you and Jorge.
I just hope that #12 is not an indication of a bent toward socialism -- I mean [you know what I mean!!!] It's a WWJD thing. Right? Yes. Kindness toward the disenfranchised is a huge turn-on.

And I too hope you get several Vermont teddybears because they really are bigger than you thinK!
... Sorry I did not take your poll. But here are my results:
I am a prude.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Awww.....I seriously love this post! It is SO thrilling to see couples so in love and respectful of each other and serving Him and laughing along the way!

Happy V-day!

My ADHD Me said...

You and he are SO lucky.
I just cannot even imagine having someone that wonderful in my life.
I think I would be an entirely different (and better) person.

Becky said...

You are such a good wife. Jorge sounds like a great husband/man/friend. You sound like a great couple to be around.

LOL @ shhh I'm in the library. Cracks me up!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Very Sweet! I love number 6! :)

Carol @SheLives said...

Honey, you hang on to that guy. When they make your heart a-flutter with a backwards bill cap, you know that's THE one!

Jenny said...

aww how sweet. That video cracks me up:)

lisasmith said...

my papa totally has a library with a lazyboy & a wastebasket just like yours.

My heart flutters when my man wears his cap backwards too.

Random here, I thought you were drinking from a wild coffee cup n your profile pic. Always. Just realized it was a camera. LOL

LuAnn said...

Linda-precious... Your husband sounds great. I thank God for giving me such a loving husband too. I did something similuar you'll have to check out.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day !!!!!

Dena said...

Very sweet.

And aaaahh the good ol' days when singing groups danced alike and choreographed moves.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Skin issues! That is what I need to get out of cleaning bathrooms! BRILLIANT! Thank you so much!

Give David a hug for me. ;) He sounds like a great guy.

StumbleBee said...

that's great that he reads your blog and reacts in such a supportive way. i am not sure the blog part but my hubby warms my feet up for me.

Pam Warden Art said...

Who is Greg in these comments? He is seriously funny too!
Hugs,
Pam