Life has thrown a lot of lemons my way, but through it all, my wife has stayed by my side, helping me turn those lemons into lemonade.
I’ve always appreciated her love. After taking my own turn helping out a loved one, though, I’ve also come to understand how difficult it can be to give that sort of support and still remain as positive and loving as my wife.
So I try to do things for her to keep our lives upbeat. Here are three small things I try to do every day:
- Appreciate the Little Things: I do a lot of woodworking, and not too long ago, I made my wife a ring. She was so happy (and shocked that I got her finger size right)!
Small gifts like that go a long way in showing my wife I care. But it’s not always material things. Making her dinner or doing some of her chores works, too.
- Laugh: I was in the hospital recently, and while there, I got a phone call from my wife. She was crying—but not because I was in the hospital. Our house had caught fire, and the neighbor had to put it out!
So I said to her, “Well, now we can decorate it however we want.”
That’s me: I try to get my wife to laugh, even in the case of fire.
I try to pull the positive out of every negative and remind both of us to smile because we still have our family and each other.
- Be There: With all the things we’ve been through, including managing my condition, I think my wife and I sincerely value the time we spend together; we know how valuable it truly is.
So we do what we can to stay together as a couple. When things are broken, we fix them; when there’s a problem, we talk about it. And I try to be as open as I can about my health.
It means a lot to me to have a person who helps me like my wife, and I want to show her that. Not because she’s part of my health support system, but because I love her and everything she’s willing to do.
Plenty of couples don’t stay together—that’s how the world works—but my wife and I have, and I want to keep it that way!
What have you done lately to show your loved ones you care? Leave a comment!