Today we celebrate my favorite husband's birthday.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be married to a golden retriever, feel free to shoot me an email. I think I'm able to conjure up a pretty solid depiction for you. Simply stated, my husband has very like-minded qualities with that beloved breed.
He loves to get outside and go for runs, he's extremely playful and has a big ol' laugh to share when he hears his favorite jokes. He's obedient (I hate using that word when it comes to people and marriages, but with the dog reference, I can dig it) and though we are still working on him doing lots of chores without me asking, the ones I do request him to do he always gets done :) He's well-mannered and is seemingly never angry at anything or anyone. Seriously. Like, ever. He never yells, never fights, never is involved in any of that not just with me but with everyone in his life. He's kind and super friendly - I know this to be true for myself but I am affirmed in this notion when his coworkers tell me about how famously affable he is around the office and how much everyone likes him. He's extremely loyal and I trust him with everything in me. - which lets us both lead fulfilling independent lives even as we remain bonded together.
There is one difference though. I know there is a common joke about golden retrievers being so in love with humans that they're the world's worst guard dogs. A few months ago, as we were cuddled under the blankets in bed and just lightly asleep in the black of the night, we both heard a clanking that sounded like it was coming directly from our kitchen. As my eyes darted open, Jay instinctively leaped out of bed as if a fire had been set under him, told me to stay there and swiftly made his way into the kitchen with a baseball bat. He didn't even blink. While the noise turned out to be something else, I felt thankful to see that hunkier side of my golden retriever :)
Happy birthday, Jay! Thank you for tempering my "passionate" (my euphemism for "loud & annoying") personality and reminding me of what is important in life: serving hot meals to your loved ones, basking in sunsets on evening runs and plenty of cozy nights with lots of blankets, sleepy tea and dog kisses.
I love you to the moon and back.