March was a CRAZY, BUSY month. I retired March 31 (more on that in later blogs). My replacement started March 12 so she could have some one-on-one training before I left. Being the OCD person I am, I wanted everything to be perfect for her. And, yes I realize that is impossible; but I still wanted her to have the best experience possible in the start of her new job. So, I put together a handbook of instructions. Being the procrastinator I am, I didn't start this until late February. Get the picture? Working in the office six hours a day--then coming home and spending four to five hours creating pages for this handbook. That didn't leave much time for anything else.
Here's where my sweet husband comes in. He never uttered a word of complaint about having to eat dinner out most nights or having to eat leftovers. He ignored the ever growing stack of laundry and even washed a few loads for me. He endured an unkempt home. And spent nights watching TV alone while I was in my basement office typing away. All this was plenty to earn him kudos in my book, but it gets better.
I came home one day to discover that he had put out all my Easter decorations and even set the table with an Easter theme. I was so touched. (But I did also have a moment of "who are you and what did you do with Tommy.")
A couple of days later I came home and he had gone to Pottery Barn and purchased spring covers for our throw pillows, gone to Pier One and purchased forsythia branches and a beautiful vase to showcase them, and decorated the living room for spring. I think I'll keep this guy around.
The following week he went to the grocery store (partially for self-preservation). He bought cheese for himself. I don't like cheese, so it doesn't bother me if we run out. But he also bought fresh fruit, which I love, and things to make sandwiches and drinks and chocolate. I'll DEFINITELY keep him around.
I'm bragging to my friends and coworkers about how sweet he is and how much I appreciate what he's doing for me. Here's the kicker. The last special sweet thing.
The morning of my party, Tommy told me he was going to the shooting range with a friend from church. I stayed home and did a bit of cleaning. A little while later, the doorbell rang. As I came downstairs to answer it, I could hear a baby crying and wondered who was at my door with a baby. I opened the door--and there was my grandson, Carter, sitting on the step in his car seat! Tommy had gone to the airport to get the kids. He and they were sitting in the car at the street filming my reaction to finding Carter at my door. Of course, it was tears of joy.
Unbeknownst to me, my boss had arranged for my kids to fly in and attend my retirement party. Tommy knew I would want the house to be nice for company coming. All my friends and coworkers knew this and understood why he'd been so sweet all month. And no one spilled the beans! Not to imply he isn't sweet all the time. But this was really special. I love this man.