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He’s not that bad


I’m a bit late for Thankful Thursday but its been a hectic week. When things are tough it makes you appreciate people more.


This week I am thankful for a holiday I took to Surfers Paradise in 1985. It was on this holiday I met a man that became a very good friend. Just as the wind blew in Mary Poppins, so too did it gust him into my life.  In 1987 he became my husband.58445ID01r0_bklt.indd

I am thankful I found such a caring, wonderful man. He has so many beautiful traits.

He is a wonderful son. The genuine care he shows to his dad is warming. His dad lives alone now since losing his wife (my MIL). He visits his dad every Wednesday for dinner and Sundays for the afternoon. This week his dad had a very debilitating fall and is in hospital. It has been very tough coping for my husband. I hate watching his stress and feel helpless but I think listening to him and being there is a comfort.

He is a fantastic dad. When the kids were newborns he was a hands-on dad. He was a stay-at-home dad for a few years too. As the kids grew older he would run them around to sports and functions. He took interest in sports they played, volunteering as scorekeeper, umpire etc. Consequently he has a close relationship with his adult children. Nothing has ever been too much trouble.

I’m the first one to joke about him but I really do appreciate the fantastic husband I have. He never forgets a birthday and always buys his own gifts for me  at Christmas  even if the gifts are odd at times .I have a little girl Pandora charm he gave me one Christmas. On asking the significance of his choice his reply was something along the lines of ‘I knew you liked charms but I didn’t have my glasses on to see what I chose’ (but least he went shopping).790860

He always sends flowers for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries – even if the card for an anniversary once said “Just another year xxx”. I was angry reading the card and asked why he had the card written that way. He looked perplexed wondering what was wrong with his words. Phone ordering the flowers the florist asked what name and comment to write on the card he had said he wanted just ‘Another Year xxx’.


He does the washing and ironing (well he does get to watch DVDs or Foxtel while he irons). He checks my car has enough petrol in it (I hate pumping petrol). He works hard in our garden.

He isn’t without fault though. I’m infuriated often, by the rigid plans he make and routines he likes (I’m not a routine person). I’m irritated by his monopolisation of our big screen TV and the remote control. I detest his enjoyment of war documentaries and love of old British TV shows. I get angry that on weekends (he leaves for work at 6:30 am and doesn’t arrive home until 7pm) holidays away he likes to sleep in so we miss the early morning hours and our days are shorter. But these are really just surface scratches.

Thought I better post this quick before he does something to annoy me and I scrap the post …hahaha

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

12 thoughts on “He’s not that bad

  1. I have a husband similar to yours. I met him in 1989 and married him in 1990. Mine will cook dinner every day. Unfortunately he leaves the cleanup for me, but then, you can’t have everything, right? 😉

  2. I was looking at my husband as we waited in the Q for Santa photo and when I ‘ordered’ him to please do this, that, change nappy at shops and my mild mannered, calm hubby just does it. I don’t boss him but he never gets phased by anything, There are of course disadvantages to be TOO laid back, but like you I’ll stop now…

  3. What a wonderful tribute to one who is obviously a great husband! I am sorry we did not get the chance to meet earlier in the year, but I’m sure there will be another time. xx B

  4. Lovely words for you’re partner. Hope he reads them

  5. You are lucky you got a good one! I can’t remember the last time I got flowers let alone any ironing done for me.

  6. Oh, I have one the same.
    He has been off work all year and he washes, vacuums, looks after the cars, does dishes, cooks dinner on occasion and is generally always there with a smile. (He irons sometimes as well) He buys presents for me and he is just wonderful.
    But, he hogs the remote control (when he can get it off the Tween) and watches V8s, football, old westerns, Pawn Stars and Bering Sea Gold whilst flicking past channels showing Law & Order, Star Trek and other really wonderful shows. Then he complains that I never watch TV with him. lol
    We are so blessed 🙂

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