Normally I would say that my husband falls into that category. He has his routines, he has his habits….I feel like I know him very well! (I should hope after 17 years of marriage :-)) Well, a few years ago he surprised me…BIG TIME!!
I want to set the stage for you….back several years I was struggling. I was in a very sad place. I felt broken inside. We had dealt with a major issue with one of our young children the previous year and then we had a pregnancy loss. I don't think most people in my life knew how bad things were with me….I tried to act normal. I didn't want to depress other people with my issues.
My husband knew….he was hurting too, but he is a more positive person than me…he is stronger. He tried to help me. He couldn't…. It's hard to see someone you love hurting and not be able to do anything to help them.
I guess in his attempt to raise my spirits he got really creative. He did something totally out of the ordinary for him. 🙂
One day in mid-December he came home and asked if I wanted to take a drive. I didn't want to…but he coerced me into going anyway. We drove out of our small town. We were on a paved county road. This road happened to have a paved area along the side in one spot. He pulled over…I had no clue why we were there. He wanted to get out…I got out and walked around the car and saw this:
He had spray painted a message for me on the side of the highway.
I was shocked….months before we had seen some random spray painted messages on a highway…right in the middle. I recall mentioning how romantic I thought it was. My husband had pointed out that it was probably illegal to spray paint messages on the highway. I seem to remember telling him that he was no fun.
Granted, this message wasn't in the middle of the road…but it was close enough for me! He had made a grand gesture of love and romance. It was a gesture that I know was out of his comfort zone!
Besides the act of painting the message….the actual message was powerful. I'D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. Those words are huge….we have had some really rough times in our marriage…we almost didn't make it. BUT…here in red spray paint, my husband told me that he was willing to go through all of it again…just to be with me! 🙂
I took a picture of this message….I went home and got a small ladder so that I could get high enough to get a decent photo. I have it framed and sitting next to my bed. Whenever I look at the picture I am reminded of how much my husband loved me during one of my most unlovable times!
Happy Valentine's Day