My husband and I have a pretty good deal. I can write whatever I want about anything I want as long as I extend him some vague, undetermined amount of privacy. I think that’s fair, in theory. I’m sure no one dreams of becoming blog fodder or, in this case, blog father. I’ve kept this unspoken agreement that could never be held up in a court of law, until now. Honey, I love you. There’s a box of your favorite cake mix in the pantry.
When I met my husband, I was on the heels of the bitter, ugly end of a long term relationship. He was a college student living in his twin sister’s spare bedroom, sleeping inside a sleeping bag on a futon. On our second date, he said, “I’m going to buy you dinner. This may be the only time this happens. I just got my financial aid check.” and I thought, “Wow, this is the man of my dreams.”
His car was a devastatingly old Saab that required equal amounts of pressure on the gas pedal and brake in order not to stall at a stop light. I was impressed with the dexterity it took to make that happen. One foot pressing in the clutch. One foot hovering beautifully on brake and gas pedal. Hey, miracle man, wanna make some babies?
We officially set a date to be married before he officially proposed. I may have also been pregnant with our first. Details. In true good guy fashion, he hounded my dad for a private meeting. My father, always a wise man, tried to blow him off, but, my husband was persistent. At their sit-down, he asked for my hand in marriage. My father said, “May I suggest a long engagement?” to which my husband replied, “We’ve already set the date.” This is the stuff Hallmark movies are made of.
We were married in a small ceremony in a quaint little Chapel. In Las Vegas. In the middle of July with a temperature in the triple digits. I have fond memories of holding my $99 eBay gown over my head while hovering my pregnant rump over the wall unit AC in the “bridal dressing room” – an ancient, mildewy on-site motel room 100 feet from the entrance to the chapel. In the throes of awful morning sickness, my main concern was if I would vomit directly into my husband’s mouth during our first kiss as man and wife.
We did not have a honeymoon. We instead decided to have several children in quick succession. Anyone will tell you that this is a fool-proof plan.
We went on our first date 8 years ago. We were married 7 months after our first date. Our first daughter was born 7 months after our wedding. Our son was born two years later. Our second daughter, 2 years after that, our 3rd daughter, 21 months after that.
When I look at the details that make up our story, it is not the traditional fairy tale romance. It is awkward, untimely and ridiculous. It is more often unplanned than carefully constructed. It is silly and full of shenanigans. Some did not take us seriously. Some probably still do not. However, on our third date, I knew. I knew that he and this ridiculous, hilarious, silly life were supposed to be mine. So, back off ladies, he’s taken. You don’t really want to take me on as a crazy ex. I mean, can you imagine? It wouldn’t work out anyway; this is a well-loved and regular conversation in our home.
Husband: “You know that I will never give you a divorce, right?”
Me: *sigh* “Yes, I know.”
Husband: “Even if you move out, I will NEVER sign the papers.”
Me: “What if I get a restraining order?”
Husband: “You’ll have to let me see the kids. When I drop them off after our visits, I’ll say, Kids, tell Mommy that I love her SO much. Ask her when I can come home. Tell Mommy I know she doesn’t love me, but, I love her.”
Me: *Through snorting laughter* “That is terrible.”
Husband: “Well, I guess we have to stay married then.”
Me: “I guess so.”
Husband: “I love you.”
Me: “I love you too.”
And they lived happily ever after.
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