I Really Love That Man

Since I’m a romance writer, my husband sometimes has to take a little ribbing.  “Are you the model for her heroes?” they always ask.  “Did you pose for her latest cover?”  Well, he didn’t pose for any of my covers, and even though the man is adorable, my heroes don’t always resemble him.  In some ways he might be a little challenged in the romance department.  He’s an engineer, and I don’t think that profession lends itself to romance.   But on the other hand…

On the other hand, he can be unexpectedly, deeply romantic.  Last week we were on the way to the grocery store to buy some dog food, and he took my hand and said, “You’re prettier now than you were on our wedding day.”  I was on cloud nine for the rest of the evening. I do think he needs new glasses, though. I’ve changed a little since our wedding day.  But I can still wear my dress if you don’t try to zip it.  There’s only a three or four inch gap in the back.

That’s nothing compared to how he surprised me on our anniversary.  He can home one day three years ago and said, “I’ve booked a condo in Pigeon Forge.  Let’s go up there for our anniversary.”  I was scared to death!  We always pretty much ignore our anniversary because school had just started, and I was a teacher.  So, why was he booking condos?  Was he sick? Did he get a bad report at his last physical?  No, he was fine.  Like I said, he can still surprise me when he reveals his romantic side.

He’s given me some nice gifts too which is mainly because I’ve learned to hint very, very hard about what I want.  I’m reminded of the gift that he bought me the second year we were married.  This is a true story; no joke.  He bought me electric hair curlers and an umbrella. It was hard to be enthusiastic, which is why I’ve learned to hint.

But it isn’t the gifts, trips, or compliments that please me most.  The things I love most are small, day-to-day things that show a husband’s love. In the winter when we watch TV at night, he’ll let me put my cold feet in his lap to warm them.  He also polishes my toenails for me, but don’t you ever tell him I said so.  I’ll deny it to the end.  We usually spend the evening in our small, upstairs study, and if I need some hot chocolate or ice cream, he’ll get it for me.

He doesn’t want brownies in the house because he likes them too much, but he buys them for me and suffers while I eat them.

He’s also generous with his church, family, and friends, doing favors that self-centered Elaine wouldn’t think to do.

Is he ever irritating? Duh.  He’s a man, isn’t he?  Still, I think he’s a keeper.

What about you? What’s the favorite nice thing that your significant other does for you?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to I Really Love That Man

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Great post! My hubby’s primary way of showing love and support is through cooking. I can cook, but in the last 40 years I haven’t needed to. At first, it was because he came home from work three hours before I did. And now, it’s his way of contributing to the running of the household. The only time I’m in the kitchen now is when he’s sick or laid up from surgery. Or when the meal he makes is full of carbs.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      That’s one thing I can’t get my hubby to do, not unless we’re on vacation. He always gets up and cooks for everyone.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    he sounds like a loving and devoted husband.
    My wife often helps me brainstorm storylines or characters or settings.
    Every now and then, she experiments with a different gluten-free meal or dessert.


  3. You have a real gem there, Elaine! Smart guys can be romantic, I can tell you that! However, when mine reads a story of mine where I may have borrowed instances or descriptions from our life, he gets upset. He’s worried anything questionable or wrong in the story would be assumed to be about him.


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