Love sticks

I’m still sick and pitiful, so this will be a quick one, but it’s one that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while.

Long ago—before we were engaged, even, I think—one time Otto was visiting us for the weekend and Chickadee was flitting around with a bunch of craft supplies and stuck a butterfly sticker on his shirt. She thought this was hilarious. Because, it was a sparkly butterfly! On a great big MAN! SO FUNNY!

I expected Otto to dispose of the sticker at his earliest convenience, though he humored her at the time by thanking her rather elaborately for the nice gift. This made her laugh even more, of course.

I promptly forgot about the entire thing, and so when I was visiting him next and saw a small butterfly sticker on the corner of his laptop I was confused.

“Where’d you get THAT?” I asked.

“Chickadee gave it to me,” he said, in a voice that conveyed his amazement that I manage to remember to breathe.

“And you kept it?” I asked, because I was on a roll with the being stupid and all.

“I figured I should,” he said, with a shrug.

And so the butterfly lived on his laptop, a little bit of glitter in his otherwise pristine and unadorned surroundings. It sat there quietly, without fanfare. Just an unexpected addition someone might not even notice.

The time came when Otto needed a new computer, and so he ordered the new one and it came and he transferred his data over and wiped the old computer and sold it. And he transferred the sticker to his new machine. I bet he had to use some glue, even, but he did it. And the new machine—like the old one before it—sports the butterfly in the corner.

Otto is SO not a sparkly butterfly kind of guy. Except that, since joining our family, I guess he kind of is.

Happy Love Thursday, everyone. Here’s to the love that adds just the right amount of sparkle to life.

58 Responses to “Love sticks”

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    Kathleen September 18, 2008 at 11:57 am #


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    Megan September 18, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    That is one Ottoriffic man.

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    jennielynn September 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m a little teary here. Has Chickie noticed it/mentioned it at all?

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    Jen September 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    awww, that Otto, he makes me want a divorce.

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    Lori September 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Wow. What more can any of us say???

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    laurie September 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    the butterfly effect.

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    ATLCheap September 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    That’s so sweet!

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    Cele September 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    That is a special man.

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    Katie in MA September 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    Awwww. I can just hear that story in a toast at her wedding. It’s so obvious that your family’s love for each other isn’t just flash. You all make it sparkle and work hard to show the love.

    Happy Love Thursday!

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    Beachgal September 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm #


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    Rebecca September 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    That is so incredibly sweet! I bet that means a lot to Chickadee too. Just wow!

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    Jess September 18, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    As a stepkid (on both sides, no less), I have to say that Otto is a wonderful, wonderful guy.

    Not that this comes as a surprise to readers of this blog. :)

    Feel better!

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    Karen September 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    He’s definitely a keeper, that Otto!

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    Dawn September 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    maybe Otto should give seminars to other men on how to be more ottoish!

    you are one lucky lady!

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    Tatiana September 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    That’s adorable :] What a sweet daddy!

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    elizabeth September 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I big pink puffy heart Otto.

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    Barbara September 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm #


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    Burgh Baby September 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    I’m pretty sure that all the world over, there are women going, “Awwwwwwww . . . that’s so sweet!” as they read that. I know I did.

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    All Adither September 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    He’s so totally a keeper.

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    The Other Lori September 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Take some cold medicine and thank the man properly for being so wonderful…

    And by that I mean fix him a nice dinner. What did you think I meant?

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    A Mama's Rant September 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Awwww. Can you clone him?

  22. 22
    Deb September 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    Very nice! You have a great one there ;-) Happy Love Thursday.

  23. 23
    Melinda September 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    That was just what I needed to hear today. I adore Love Thursday. Thanks for sharing the love, Mir. Feel better soon!

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    dad September 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    2, 4, 6, 8.
    Who do we appeciate?
    Otto. Otto,

  25. 25
    Randi September 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Awww! You know you’ve got the right guy when he keeps a sparkly butterfly sticker given to him by his step-daughter.

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    Sheila September 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    *smiling to myself, adding a shake of the head for good measure*

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    Jennifer Suarez September 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    That is one of the sweetest things I have EVER read. Yay Otto!

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    Jamie AZ September 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    So thoughtful of him!

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    Kristy September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    how sweet of him!!

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    Ani September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    Chickie may not have said anything, but I bet she’s noticed. And it means the world to her. Not that she would admit it. Ever. Until she’s 25. :-) Kids, aren’t they grand?

    Good job Otto

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    Kendra September 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    That is one amazing man you have there but I’m sure you know that already.

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    Asianmommy September 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh–that is so sweet! He’s a keeper. :)

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    Headless Mom September 18, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    That is simply awesome!

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    Ramblin' Red September 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Very sweet.

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    Jackie@agsoccermom September 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    I’d keep him.

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    dgm September 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the love.

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    Liz September 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    I’m just so glad to see that not only did he transfer the sticker, but he uses a Mac. :)

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    Kai September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    That is TOO sweet!

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    zandor September 18, 2008 at 6:12 pm #

    Awww. That’s so sweet.

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    Sue @ My Party of 6 September 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    Darn that Otto is a sweetie!!

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    Heather September 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    Awww! Definitely a keeper, that one :)

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    Susan September 18, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    That is just beautiful, Mir.

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    juliness September 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    Know what? I needed to hear this love story today.

    Go Otto!

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    J from Ireland September 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    Oh my God, how lovely is he. He is a keeper Mir. Happy Love Thursday.

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    The Other Other Dawn September 18, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    He may not be a sparkly butterfly kind of guy, but he is a salt-of-the-earth, hang-on-tight-to-him kind of guy.

    Just the kind pretty Mir deserves.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  46. 46
    Jessica (from It's my life...) September 19, 2008 at 12:37 am #

    I mean I loved Otto before this post, but now I’m even more enamored. He’s special that one.

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    bogartg September 19, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Hello, Pretty Mir!
    Greetings from the Houston, Texas, area where Hurricane Ike left us all in a daze. As an evacuee, (thank you, Jamie, for providing a safe haven for us!) I was allowed to return to my home in La Porte yesterday where electricity just came on. My kids and I were among the lucky ones that sustained little damage to our home. After I cleaned my refrigerator and raked 11 bags of leaves, rain gutter debris, and piled more branches on the curb, I powered up the computer and caught up on your blog. Your blog was the little bit of normal for the day. When I realized that today was love Thursday, I lost it. Thanks for the reminder.

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    just beth September 19, 2008 at 3:30 am #

    Otto rocks.

    And from your description(s) of him, I ADORE how the sparkly butterfly is so straight and evenly placed. :-)

    Congrats on a fantabulous fella.



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    Kelly September 19, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Oh my gosh, that makes me all warm and fuzzy, how sweet!

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    Trisha September 19, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    Otto is a real man! How sweet! Does Chicadee know the sticker is there? I am sure it means a lot to her even if she never says anything.

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    Ali B. September 19, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    This post made me so happy.

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    Vicki September 19, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    AAAAWWWW, I’m overloaded on sweet!! That is so awesome. I’m glad you have found someone so sweet to your little ones. Way to go!!

    And Otto, that is just awesome. You rock!!

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    Aimee September 19, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Otto just won the sweet contest! Yay, Otto!

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    dad September 19, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    The comment from bogartg should be enough incentive to keep you pounding out posts for a long time.
    As I have oft said, Thursdays are my favorite.

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    Shalet September 19, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    What a warm and fuzzy thing to do. You’ve got yourself a keeper!

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    Rachel September 19, 2008 at 11:32 am #

    Did you think “I need to marry this man” when he said “I figured I should”??? = ) Otto is a lucky man… and you, Chickie & Monkey are lucky to have him.

    Hope you’re feeling better today.

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    Alisha September 21, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    awwww!!! ((tear)) can you come pick out a guy for me since you have such amazing luck and taste?

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    Stefanie September 27, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Awww, that is just too sweet. That reminds me of a story when I was a little kid. I barely remember this, but apparently when my grandmother went to Texas and took me and my sister I got these little Lisa Frank kitty stickers (you know, the technicolor ones?), and I just adored these stickers. So, shortly before my mom and dad divorced when I was 8, I decided to put one (I think it was purple, but I can’t remember) on my dad’s very favorite belt buckle.
    Visitation was pretty much nonexistent, so I didn’t know until many years later that not only did he keep that sticker on the buckle until it wore off, it’s the thing that struck up a conversation between him and my now-stepmom (who I love to teeny tiny bits). Even now, when I’m 21, the buckle bears a tiny bit of residue from the sticker. :)

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