Today is mine and Heath’s 14 year wedding anniversary. It got me to thinking about all of the things he’s done right to have kept me around for 14 years. 17, really, if you think about the three years we dated before we got married.
It also got me to thinking about all the men I write about in my books, and how none of them are bad-boy alpha-males. They’re all good guys, and I think I write about the good guys because I’m married to one of the good guys.
Then of course I started thinking about the perfect man, and what qualities he would possess if he were real. Then I got on here and started writing them all down.
1) He would let me sleep in every single morning while he wakes up and dresses the children and drives them over twenty miles to school every day.
2) He would never complain about how much I work, even when sometimes he doesn’t see me for days at a time.
3) He would make me lunch every day and bring it to my office, because he knows how busy I get.
4) He would let me travel the world and he would never complain about having to stay back home with the children.
5) He would tell me he loves me every single day, no matter what.
6) He would make the bed every day, even though I think making the bed is a waste of time. But I secretly love a made bed.
7) He would do laundry. All of it, so that I never have to do laundry.
8) He would do homework with the children every night.
9) He would play with the children. Like genuinely play with them, because he loves spending time with them more than anything in the world.
10) He would listen to all my rants, even though he’s really tired of hearing about fictional characters.
11) He would understand that writing books is a really weird job and sometimes I’m not all here mentally, even when I’m staring at him and nodding my head. And he would understand.
12) He wouldn’t question me when I grab my keys and walk out of the house at midnight and say, “I need to go for a drive.”
13) He would be patient and never yell and always tell me I’m right.
14) He would never argue when I want to go hang out with the girls, or with my sisters or go gambling with my mom. He would just say, “Okay, be careful, babe.”
15) He wouldn’t know the meaning of jealousy, because he trusts me immensely.
16) He would laugh at my jokes, even if they were dumb. Even though none of the jokes I make are dumb.
17) He would tell me I’m tough when I give birth to all our children without medicine, and he would brag about me for years afterward to anyone who will listen.
18) He would make sure I always have Diet Pepsi’s stocked in the fridge. Always.
19) He would hug and kiss his boys every single day and tell them he loves them.
20)He would never take a single thing he has for granted, because he’s had nothing before and he’s had it all before, and he knows first-hand that family is the only thing that matters.
21) He would listen to The Avett Brothers with me, even though it’s “not his kind of music” and then eventually he would admit that he really does like their music now.
22) He would never complain. Ever. He would be selfless and good and he would make me want to be selfless and good.
Sounds like the best fictional book boyfriend ever, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s my life and he’s my husband and every single day I wonder what I did right in life to get the very best one. <3