I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the hippest person in the world. I’m actually quite corny. Once when Keith and I were staying at the ultra chic W Hotel in San Francisco, he was fully convinced the hotel might kick us out for being so unhip (apparently, the plastic I Love Lucy style bonnet I purchased at the nearby CVS to prevent the rain from messing up my hair, was quite faux pas). So let’s just say I don’t sit around listening to artists like Rihanna.
When Rihanna exploded on the scene just a few years ago (and before all her public relationship woes…sigh), she did so with a song that was so popular, you can still hear it played on radio stations routinely: Umbrella. Now, for the unhipsters like myself who could only understand the chorus (Under my umbrella, ella, ella, ay ay ay), I want to share with you the lyrics that precipitated this post:
Because when the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath,
I’ma stick it out to the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
Sometimes when Keith comes home from a tough day and the weight of the world is on his shoulders, the greatest thing I can do for him is open my umbrella and welcome him inside.
At times, my days are just as trying and I want nothing more than to gain his sympathy for how exhausted I am. Recently, I’ve been working until after 2 o’clock in the morning every day, and at times I’ve wanted nothing more from him than a high-five or a “Honey, you’re kicking butt!” But that doesn’t always happen. Not because he doesn’t feel that way or doesn’t want to encourage me more than anything else in the world. Sometimes he too is simply exhausted. To mentally taxed.
For those times, I have to remember to welcome him into my arms and away from the cold and rainy world and offer him shelter from the storm. This action is always reciprocated at the times I need most. That’s one of the greatest beauties of a relationship with mutual love, admiration, respect and trust; we both walk around carrying an umbrella for two.
Until tomorrow…make it a great day!
Why I Love My Husband (the never-ending list):
180. He’s extraordinarily clean (although when he’s busy he tends to leave stuff lying around a bit more than usual).
181. I don’t fall in the toilet bowl in the middle of the night because my honey puts down the toilet seat.
182. He set up the internet in our new place today so it’s more consistent (and when your business is online like mine, this is one of the greatest gifts he could give).
183. He enjoys opening the windows with me each morning so we can listen to the sea lions together (oddly enough, we both find the loud sound calming).
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