“I could never do this trip without you.” Tim and I have said that to each other about a hundred times since we started.
I happen to think it’s more one-sided. As in, I couldn’t do it without HIM. Without having any experience, he’s already a Master RV Driver and Setter-Upper. He pretty much does everything when it comes to the outside of our 5th wheel – pulling the slides in and out, hitching and unhitching the truck, putting all of the stabilizers in place, hooking up the electric and sewer stuff (see how much I know about that?), getting diesel, dealing with repairs, etc. AND he does it all singlehandedly. If you looked up “hard worker” in the dictionary, his picture would be there. But probably not a smiling-at-the-camera shot. He’d probably be immersed in some project, w/ a tool in his hands.
I actually do wish I could help. But we both decided that one of us would need to exclusively watch the girls while the other one did the truck/RV stuff.
He also shares the load of washing dishes, vacuuming floors, scrubbing toilets, and doing laundry (partly because he would go crazy if he didn’t).
Other things? He sets up our non-profit projects, keeps our laptops in working order, writes posts for Give Every Day, and makes friends easily.
In addition, he has a definite charm with people over 65 (which is good when you’re in the RV community). I think they like him because he TRULY values them…and they sense that. It may also be because he has a short “military” haircut and knows a thing or two about good old-fashioned manners. ;)
What else? He thinks about things deeply, differently than the norm. He isn’t too proud to say “I’m sorry.” He tells people the hard, honest truth. After our recent family photo shoot, we were looking through the photos. He stopped at a terrible one and said, “You look like a chub and I look like a doof.” And I laughed out loud because it was exactly the right description.
I totally love you, Tim. For everything you are now and everything you will be.
What qualities do you admire about your husband?