Clearly the fact that he is so humble is part of the reason I keep him around……or maybe it is his ability to make me giggle. Enjoy!
Since very few of you know me in real life, I should inform you that I am AWESOME. Better-than-a-gravy-bowl-full-of-melted-Godiva-dripping-off-your-chin-awesome. And humble. But every few years I like to cop a little ‘tude to help remind Jill of my humanity and this past week was one of those times.
The story begins this past winter. Jill and I were at a charity event and I managed to score a phenomenal deal (or so I thought) during the silent auction for a rental home up at a gorgeous lake in Northern Michigan. We’d been looking forward to it for many months and I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was not expecting an aged cottage that hadn’t been deep cleaned since the Bush administration (Sr, not Jr). Nor did I expect upstairs bedrooms with unpainted drywall, no working smoke alarms, and no air conditioning on 90 degree days. On the upside, I had been hoping for a herd of framed unicorns to grace the walls of the master bedroom, and I was not disappointed.
awesome unicorn decor
why use a headboard when you can put a shower curtain on a box spring?
Long story short, I was very bummed, and I was complaining a LOT. My wife, however, was un-phased. She kept smiling, found gorgeous beaches for us to explore each day, kept the kids excited about our time away together, and she did so while I continued to complain incessantly. All of this from a woman who has repeatedly told me that she won’t swim in un-chlorinated water or camp in any dwelling less than a Hampton Inn.
So you can guess what a transforming effect her attitude had on me, right? Wrong. I generally kept up my grumbling for the rest of the week. However, by Wednesday I had begun to really enjoy the time with Jill and the kids and I had internalized my grumbling instead of expressing it in front of them. And by the drive home, I was asking the Lord to help me appreciate the breadth and depths of the blessings that I often take for granted and to forgive me for my lousy attitude.
Looking back, it would have been really easy for Jill to pile on when I started complaining and if she had said “we’re out of here” I would have had the car packed in twenty minutes. Instead she simply saw a better way to handle things, and she clung to a higher standard without making me feel badly about my attitude. She was AWESOME. If you caught Jill and my recent appearance on Fox 17 Grand Rapids, you may have heard Jill and I say that great couples bringing out the best in each other. My take-away from this week is that likewise, a great spouse doesn’t let the worst in the other bring out the worst in them.