My wife’s sister gave her this light shaped like a cat years ago. Actually it was one just like it because the original one broke. One day I came home from work to find my wife sobbing uncontrollably at the bottom of the stairs. I thought someone had died. When I found out it was only a broken light, I consoled my wife by saying, “it’s just a light, we’ll get another one”, but somehow that didn’t do the trick. I was in the doghouse for a while, because “I just didn’t understand.”
If my wife has a drink in her hand, it’s likely a Dr Pepper. She drinks more of that stuff than anything else even though I encourage her to drink milk, water, and juice. When she had a kidney stone two years ago, the doctor said to lay off pop (among other dietary changes), and that curtailed her consumption for a long time. Nowadays, she drinks more than ever before. I guess the agony of passing the stone along with the four trips to the emergency room have faded from her memory.
We have three young boys and felt we needed a dog, too. We had cats for a few years, but when our oldest son was born, one of the cats showed her distaste by puking next to his crib. We found new, happy homes for the cats shortly afterwards.
Three years ago my wife said she found a puppy she just wanted to look at. When I arrived home from work, I discovered we had a new pet, a miniature black poodle. Her name is Bella.
My wife happened to come along with me and the boys once when we were geocaching. She found a neat little dancing flower. Quite a appropriate since she’s a florist. When it’s dark, the flower sits motionless, but when the sun’s out the flower comes to life. Since bringing it home, the flower has sat in the windowsill of our kitchen adding a little bit of happiness to our days.
Lots and lots of books. I have three boys and have read to them since before they were born. My oldest who’s 12 seems to have “outgrown” story time, but his younger brothers still enjoy it. Lately, we’ve been reading Berenstain Bears. Other favorites include:
- The Cat in the Hat
- A Zoo for Mister Muster
- Tales of Virtue
- Green Eggs and Ham
- There Are Rocks in My Socks Said the Ox to the Fox
- Stand Back Said the Elephant I’m Going to Sneeze
- The Digging-Est Dog
- Are You My Mother
- Harry the Dirty Dog
- Sammy the Seal
I’m a bit of a light sleeper when I first lay down. Having sound to drown out the other sounds of life such as cars, birds, kids, creaks, and so forth is helpful. For years I used a fan, but after awhile it would hum or rattle or do some other normally inconsequential nonsense that would thunder in my head. My wife introduced me to the Dohn Sound Machine. Steady sound, just like a fan without the quirks. Money well spent.