Why I do still want to be married to Jen
Today marks 15 wonderful years of marriage for Jennifer and me. I am not exaggerating when I say that I still don’t fully comprehend how I was able to marry so “up” and how she found me a suitable mate all those years ago. It’s something I just have to accept on faith.
However, I can think of multiple reasons why I wanted to marry her. And the reasons have kept coming in as each year passes. Here is only a partial list:
- She makes me laugh like no one can, by surprising me with hilarious and fascinating facts about life.
- She has an incredible ability to maintain and recall memories that I’ve long since forgotten. It’s scary and fun all at the same time. Like a really good haunted house.
- She’s ridiculously attractive in countless ways. Her humility, her dedication and hard work, her kindness, her hospitality, physically (oh yeah!).
- She is an exceedingly good caretaker of our children. Or, as the kids say these days, “You rock, Mom”
- She loves her extended family. She loves to visit and have over her Mom and Dad. She changes into a different person when she’s with her three sisters and has a ball with them. It’s a metamorphosis like no other.
- She loves my parents and gets along with them both. They speak highly of her both to her face and to others. This is a rare jewel in families.
- She is ridiculously competitive. I should have been warned from the first game of spoons that I was in for a long road of humiliation as she has defeated me time after time in all sorts of games and sports. Even her first time of go-karting, just about a month ago, was characterized by her typical ‘take no prisoners’ destruction of the competition. All that was missing was her ‘brat’ T-shirt!
- She is adventurous. She doesn’t think she is, but she is. As long as it’s safe, clean, planned, packed for, mapped out and refundable….she’s in! She’s let me drag her all the way to North Carolina, then back to Michigan, then down to Florida, across the state of Michigan, up to Copper Harbor (almost) and back to Southern Indiana, with not a complaint.
- One word: Creativity. She is always making something, painting something, teaching her girls how to cook, bake or whip up something new in the kitchen. It’s out of control…and we love it. All I do is go to work. She breathes constant and fresh life into our home with all of new inventions, desserts, dishes, dresses, paintings and crafts.
- She loves me (yeah yeah yeah). I know it may sound silly, but if you got to know me, you would agree that this is the most amazing thing about Jen.
Happy anniversary my Jenny Pen. I love you and already can’t wait to celebrate our 20th…30th…50th!
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