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.
But it’s Dan’s birthday, so I have to say something. I’ve already told you 10 reasons why I love him, and I answered the questions on this quiz.
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
8 thoughts on “He Completes Me”
very sweet. and that’s what opposites do — complete each other!
happy birthday, dan!
Well, I’m pretty sweet on my sweetie.
It’s amazing how we choose partners who both complement (and compliment) and challenge us. Happy Birthday to your husband!
PS: I relish the role of dessert teacher in our house. Any excuse for a good lesson …
I look back at our time together and marvel that we discovered each other. Makes me look forward to what’s ahead!
You’re right… that’s not an opposite, that’s complement.
Now some things we are opposites on, or at least very different. He can watch TV at all hours; I like reading books. And his taste in music is awful IMO. But I won’t talk about that because it’s his bday post.
My sister-in-law always says that mr b and I belong together – we drive each other totally crazy, but somehow it works for us.
Yep, even when we’re making each other nuts, we know we’re meant to be together.
Maybe especially when we’re making each other nuts!