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5: Oops

Oops Never say, “oops.” Always say, “Ah, interesting.” ~Author Unknown My husband, Darryl, and I have four kids, spread out over a fourteen-year period. For several years we had a preschooler, elementary schooler, middle schooler and high schooler all at the same time. With four kids at completely different stages and on entirely different schedules, finding quality “private” time for just the two of us was a challenge. Since we rarely had the house to ourselves, we made it a point to schedule time away from work during the few brief hours one day each week when our youngest was at Mother’s-Day-Out at the same time the older kids were at their various schools — time we could meet at home for some unhurried, uninterrupted romance. When Darryl got back to the office after one such encounter, he sent me a sweet and sexy e-mail referring to the pleasures of our intimate time together. When I hadn’t responded after a couple of days he mentioned it. I’d never received his e-mail. But since it hadn’t come back as “undeliverable” we knew someone had. My e-mail address consisted of my given name, last initial and dot-com address. Darryl had forgotten to include my last initial. When he realized his mistake he... (more)
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6: He Listened

He Listened The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Christmas was three weeks away and my husband was fishing for ideas for my present. I smiled because he is always so thoughtful when it comes to buying Christmas gifts and I have never been disappointed by his choices. “Actually,” he announced, “I’d like to buy you some bras.” That got my attention and I listened intently as he explained that, while he was relatively familiar with the broader world of lingerie, he wasn’t quite sure what size or kind of bra I would wear. He wanted some direction. I paused. He waited. We sat together on the couch looking at each other with a funny smirk on our faces until I finally broke the silence. “I would love for you to buy me a bra, but what I really need are practical bras. I don’t need fancy, frilly, romantic, lacy bras for our intimate rendezvous in the bedroom. I already have a wide variety of items for that, many of which you bought for me. What I really need are practical bras to wear during the day and your timing is great… mine are almost shot.” Disappointment spread across his face as I explained what I meant by practical bras. I needed at least three, all in neutral colors: one... (more)
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7: Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary Now the thing about having a baby — and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this — is thatthereafter you have it. ~Jean Kerr Seven years ago, at this very hour, my new husband, Craig, and I were dancing at our wedding reception. We danced and visited with our guests until it was time to climb in our limousine and ride to the hotel. We spent the night at a Holiday Inn and the next morning, we flew to Montego Bay, Jamaica to stay at a beautiful, all-inclusive resort. Our honeymoon was fantastic. The weather was perfect, the resort was gorgeous, and the locals were friendly and accommodating. We could not have asked for a better week. We were sad to leave and on our departing flight, we vowed to return one day. Over the past seven years, we have made it a point to do something special on our anniversary. One year we traveled to Vermont; another year we went to Nassau, Bahamas; and three years ago, we spent our special day in Flagstaff, Arizona as part of a whirlwind trip to the Grand Canyon. We enjoy travel, we love adventure, and we cherish our time together. But we are also realistic and we know that we cannot afford a big vacation for every anniversary, especially in a year in which we gained a new family member. This year, we were... (more)
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8: Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~Andrew Carnegie When my husband and I were married, I accepted the fact that he wasn’t the kind who would shower me with fancy words and expensive diamonds. I appreciated his gentle, honest love and found great pleasure in all of the beautiful cards he gave me, reading them often, and then putting them safely away. “I’m not good with words,” he’d say, as he hugged me close, “but this card says everything that’s in my heart.” I loved him deeply, yet part of me longed for the flowers and diamond rings my girlfriends’ husbands gave them. What was wrong with me? Why did I have this need for flamboyant demonstrations of love? Why couldn’t I just accept him as he was? As time passed, we became parents of two little girls. With the extra expenses, my husband decided to go back to school and train as a mechanic. He would go to the city for the week and return home on the weekends. We had never been apart, and I, ever the romantic, cut off a lock of my hair. “Take this,” I told him. “And whenever you’re lonely, just run your fingers over it, and I’ll be there with you.” He grinned, placed... (more)