Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sometimes...they ARE teachable!

This morning during 'shaky-handy' time at church, I gave Mr. Reid (in his 80's) a hug. I thanked him for giving my husband such good advice. He grinned and with tears in his eyes said "My sweet Minnie has been gone 30 weeks today and I sure miss her!" (I'm crying just writing that, of course!)

So now you're asking "WHAT was the advice he gave Mr. Fix-It?"

Isn't it really cool that I can read your mind even though many of you don't ever leave me comments so I even know who you are? Like Sellersburg, Indiana or Marshalltown, Iowa!!! You know who you are...but I would like to!

Oops! ...Sorry about that...now back to the story.

So what did Mr. Reid tell my sweet man? He told him he should go home every single day and give his wife a BIG hug -- no matter what-- because he will really miss her when she's not there!!! So Mr. Fix-It has taken that to heart and REALLY improved his 'Hug-Ratio".

"Now you're bragging!" you say.

Au contrair (French for Uh, Uh!...not really, I just wanted to add that in for Kaluha) After nearly 26 years, I know that Mr. Fix-It would definitely NOT qualify for a medal in the "being romantic" contest. He's so wonderful in other ways, I've come to accept that.

He told me once "Why do you want me to say 'I love you' all the time? I told you 'I loved you' when we got married and if that ever changes I'll let you know." (yes, that's just an old joke...) But sometimes I think he feels that way!

So now to the "Teachable" part... Remember: I attribute this remark to his time spent with some of these godly men who are passing on their wisdom.

Excerpt from a cell-phone conversation on Thursday:

Me: Hey sweetheart, (I call him that sometimes) I'm on my way to my hair appointment.

Mr. Fix-It: Okay...{insert any inane comment here that you like}

Me: So I'll be a new woman when I get home!

Mr. Fix-It: {moment's pause} Well, what was wrong with the old one?

Me: Awwwww! Right Answer!!!! Ding-ding-ding-ding!!!


So the moral of this story, for all you 'young' marrieds...NEVER give up hope. Old dogs CAN be taught new tricks!


Stay tuned.

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Kelley said...

Aw, how sweet :-)

I'm guessing that the little interjection would be a plea for the mysterious blog-stalkers to please leave a comment?

I almost had my first post with ZERO comments (thanks to you, my faithful comment-leaver!) 'til my friend Kim made a comment (to which I plan to reply to so that it will say "2 comments" at the bottom of my post). And because I labeled you with one of my 5 free labels you will NEVER be able to come to my blog without me knowing:-) Ha! I guess pet posts aren't the most interesting...

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I LOVE the influence our older, mature men can have on our dearests!

Great post, Meg. I know how good it feels when my husband finally "gets it." Woo hoo!

MamaHenClucks said...

That is really sweet. I know I don't give my hubby enough credit for all the times he wants to hug and be close. In fact, just last night he was (I think) joking about how switched around we are sometimes. His love language is definitley physical touch and mine is simply time spent. Sometimes if he goes in for the hand hold, I know I look at him like he tried to cut it off, and then I'm annoyed. So I am really the one who needs to remember the perfect words of wisdom for that sweet little man who gave them to your hubby.

mamajil said...

Gosh, I think I can learn from "Mr. Reid"....and give more hugs...this from a woman that has barked "clean your room" all morning :) ( to the kids not my husband...I cleaned our room myself) Hasn't been too huggy of a morning around here lol!

homemom said...

I came up as Newton, Alabama (Satellite Internet) even though I live near Monticello.

Kelsey said...

Aww that is so sweet Meg!

Laura said...

With God all things are possible.