Last year, you had a caller whose husband left early and came home late, and he didn't feel appreciated because she was usually asleep when he saw her! I thought about my husband.
He gets up every morning at 3:45AM and, as an essential worker, has to be at work early. Every morning, he gets up, gets ready, and before he leaves, he comes back to kiss me goodbye. After hearing that call, I decided right then I would get up with him the next morning and every morning from then on.
As planned, the next morning, as soon as he went downstairs, I popped out of bed, brushed my teeth, and ran a brush through my hair. As I came down the stairs, he looked up, smiled, and started telling me all about the news and some things he saw. I didn't realize he would be so talkative in the morning! He was so pleased that just before he left, we sat on the couch and cuddled for five minutes. Then he kissed me goodbye and told me he loved me.
Ever since, this has been our routine. I've been married to my sweet, alpha male husband for 35 years. I am definitely his girlfriend. Since we both came from divorced, chaotic families, we decided to do it differently. We raised five well-adjusted children, and they're all out on their own, paying their own bills. We are enjoying our empty nest to the fullest.
Keep telling it like it is, and I'll continue to do the right thing, which right now is social distancing!
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