May 21, 2016
Joe cleaned out the long closet, the storage place that holds everything we don’t need often. Suitcases. Baby crib. Christmas tree. Lesson plans from when I taught high school (2000-2005). You know, the catch-all place.
He just came into the bedroom where I was folding clothes. He held some of my many idea notebooks.
“I’m making a box just for all your ideas and old stories,” he explained, “so you can have them all together.”
“Good idea. Thanks.”
“You’re going to be a full-time writer now. It’ll be fun to go back through all this and get inspired again.” A hopeful glimmer in his eyes made me smile.
Just a little earlier when we were musing about fat beach houses, I said, “One of us is going to have to make a lot more money.”
“It’ll be you,” he said. “Now that you’ll be a full-time writer, it’s going to take off. You’ll be my sugar momma.”
“I’d love to be your sugar momma, but what if it doesn’t happen?” I replied.
“You’re following your dream. I’m proud of you no matter what,” he said.
Days later, I was in the garage looking for something and stumbled on this box.
Whether or not I'll ever see real writing success, well, that's a mystery. How much I love Joe, though, isn't.
If you have someone in your life like this - and I hope you do - cling to him or her like a life preserver.
"Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives… Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her."
Ephesians 5:27-33 The Message (MSG)