I’ve been all over the place (in my head) with today’s post, and under normal circumstances, I would have just let it go.
It is in reading over these two posts that I realize what I think a lot about our marriage, our pairing.
I was reading not long ago about “opposites attracting”, and I left a comment about how in my marriage I feel it’s less about being opposites than about how Dan is strong where I am weak and vice versa.
Dan is the warmest, most social person I know. He is all-embracing, all-empathetic. I love going places with him, and even though I roll my eyes at him sometimes, I love watching him be with people.
He tends to get down on himself, and I do everything I can do to be supportive and encouraging. I think I’m actually getting better at this.
He tempers my anxiety, and I try to lift him up when he’s depressed. (I usually sic the girls on him, because have you ever tried to be depressed around cute, giggly children? Especially ours?)
I am more artsy, but he is more cultured. While I tend to be creative, he’s actually a dreamer. I am by far more level-headed and practical; he is more emotional, and could teach a dramatist about passion.
He is sincere, and I am sarcastic.
He teaches the girls about desserts while I feed them healthy meals.
We are equally bad at a few things, but because we are together, we are working to improve together. We don’t want to let the other down.
And that means a lot.
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work;
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
— Ecclesiastes 4: 9-11