Every now and then, Otto does a Big Thing designed to make me feel warm and fuzzy—my birthday surprise and the festivities that followed come to mind—and it’s very sweet and wonderful and everything, of course. But the truth is that I may even love him just a little bit more for the small things, because I’m a sucker for the I-was-just-thinking-about-you gesture.
So a week ago, I wrote this post, which contained the following:
The list says â€œThou shalt not list the things you, the parent, do for the kid as if it deserves veneration.â€ Because the only appropriate response from the child at that point is, â€œI didnâ€™t ask to be born, you know! You shouldnâ€™t have had kids if you didnâ€™t want to do that stuff!â€
Instead, I gripped the steering wheel a little more tightly than necessary as I drove her back to school in complete silence.
And my darling husband came home that night with a plush steering wheel cover for my car. “So that you won’t hurt your hands when the kids are rotten,” he said, by way of explanation. That was a week ago and EVERY TIME I get into my car, now, I laugh.
Twenty-two years into knowing him, four-and-a-half years into the marriage, and I still feel totally lucky. It’s AWESOME.