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37: First in Line

First in Line There is no feeling more comforting and consoling thanknowing you are right next to the one you love. ~Author Unknown We had finally chosen a destination for our quick vacation getaway. I booked reservations at the Polynesian Resort, scheduled a flight, and we were off to Disney World. We entered the park. Our eyes did not know where to focus first. We were so excited. We strolled through Disney World holding hands, stopping at favorite rides and exhibits as we roamed. This was everything we had heard about and more. Mickey Mouse walked with us and Sleeping Beauty greeted us in a way that almost seemed enchanted. This was fantasy in its purest form. Before we were about to take the movie studio tour, I told Richard that I had to use the ladies’ room and to wait for me. I left him sitting on a bench near the ladies’ room entrance. When I came out, Richard was gone. I thought perhaps he had gone to the bathroom so I sat down on the bench to wait for him. I waited for quite a while before I got up and started pacing while calling his name, at first in my normal volume. As time went on I walked farther and was now calling out his name at the top of my lungs. People were looking at me with sympathy. Suddenly a woman approached me, put her hand on my arm and... (more)
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38: The Door Bell

The Door Bell Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. ~Elsa Maxwell We had just moved into our new house — our dream house. Finally our family had room to spread out and each of us — my husband, our three sons, and I — had enough space so that we weren’t stepping all over each other all of the time. What a luxury! It was a wonderful two-story house and each boy had his own bedroom. My husband and I had a wonderful bedroom upstairs right at the front of the house. I was busy trying to get unpacked and put things away but with three young sons, all under the age of eight, it wasn’t easy. My husband helped as much as he could but he was working during the day and by the time he got home and we had dinner, neither of us wanted to unpack boxes. It was taking us a while to get settled. One night, after dinner, after the kids were in bed, Frank decided he would just go upstairs to our bedroom and take a short nap. Great idea. Now I love my husband and I love being married but I also like some time to just be by myself — to think and relax. If he were to go and take a nap that would give me some of that alone time — all-alone time — for the first time in our new house and what a rare opportunity that is for a mother with young... (more)
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39: A Couch for Two

A Couch for Two Rise to meet him in a pretty disorder — yes —O, nothing is more alluring than a levee from a couch in some confusion. ~William Congreve My husband and I have been married for four decades and we have learned each other’s preferences and dislikes. Sometimes they compliment each other, sometimes not. We know that we both don’t care for surprise parties, for instance, not for us or for our friends. It doesn’t mean that we won’t attend one when invited and have a good time, but our children know better than to throw one for us. We also know that he likes action pix and I don’t, but as we are both fond of going to the movies, we’ll check out the reviews and pick a film that appeals to us both. We usually can find a way to cooperate. One of the things we don’t do well together is shop, and shopping for furniture is one of our least favorite things. We have different taste and agreeing on something is not an easy task. I like unusual; he likes classic. I prefer clean lines; he gravitates to curves. Yet sometimes we switch sides and confuse each other, like when I fell in love with an old-fashioned settee upholstered with medallions and swirls for our spare bedroom, and he took to a Danish modern table with no-frills... (more)
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40: Perfect

Perfect The trouble with, “A place for everything and everything in its place” is that there’s always more everything than places. ~Elayne Bundy As a husband, you have to be really careful what you say because your wife might just take you to task — literally — based on nothing more than a simple statement like: “I’m going to golf all day Saturday; then Sunday I’ll do whatever you want to do, dear.” “That’s what you said,” my wife reminded me, handing me a hammer. “What I meant was we could go to lunch. Grab a crab melt at Moby Dick’s out on Stearns Wharf or something. Watch tourists try to park their Hummers in those compact-car-only spots. That’s always fun. Maybe someone interesting will show up — like the guy who lets the pigeons eat breadcrumbs off his head. You know he hasn’t had dandruff in years? Or hair for that matter. Plus he never needs a hat because of the sunscreen effect of all that guano. Whataya say we check that out? Doesn’t that sound like fun?” “Sure,” my wife said. I smiled at my own resourcefulness. “Right after we finish redecorating the house.” This confirms one of my many profound theories about married life. See, I... (more)