This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
I love my wife.
She could tell I was going a little stir crazy and so she took action. In an attempt to be super sneaky (which she is horribly bad at), MJ called my friend Alex and told him he had to get me out of the house and go have some fun in Boston. I know this because Alex is one of my best friends and when he calls, he calls my phone. So imagine my surprise yesterday when he called her phone. She panicked for a second, grabbed the phone and then went in the bedroom and talked in hushed tones. When she came out, she gave me the phone and said Alex wanted to talk to me. At that point Alex said he felt like going out tonight and wanted to know if I wanted to come.
I smiled at MJ, who was desperately trying to make me believe she didn’t orchestrate the whole thing. But whenever I want the truth from her, I simply make her look directly into my eyes while she’s trying to lie to me. Bless her heart she just can’t do it and she cracks every time.
So I’m going out tonight to blow off some steam. I’m meeting up with a couple of friends and my brother and we’re having ourselves a fun, low-key night at the dog track. I used to go there all the time but haven’t been in years. The drinks are cheap, I bet $2 a race so I don’t run out of money and the food’s not half bad. Who knows, maybe I’ll even win a little.
But what I’m really thankful for is my wife, who is selfless enough to take care of the baby while I regain my sanity. It goes without saying I’m going to give her the same opportunity whenever she wants it, but I just love how each and every day she seems to remind me why I decided to pledge my eternal devotion to her. Sure she also reminds me that she’s the only woman who can drive me completely nuts in less than 4 seconds on a daily basis as well, but oddly enough that’s part of her charm.