18 June 2008

A (wee bit late) Tribute to Chuck

Do you ever wonder why it is that you were born at the time that you were? I do. Could I have handled pioneer living? Don't think so. But the Middle Ages? Sounds kinda fun, as long as I could be a noble.

But I am glad that I was born in 1977. As a woman who values education, especially an education in the mathematical sciences, I wouldn't have had the same opportunities had I been born in, say, 1877. (Besides, statistics as a discipline wasn't even really invented yet. On the other hand, I guess I could have invented it...hmm...)

Being married has really given me another reason to be so grateful that I was born when I was. I think being married now is very different than being married 50 years ago. Chuck and I truly have a partnership, both in marriage and now in parenthood. Before Rhett came along, we did our own laundry, we kept the house clean, we collaborated on financial matters. Fifty years ago, I don't think that a husband would be expected to be so amenable to these things. But the more I talk to other wives, we are all having the same experience. And I am so glad for all of us!

Especially now that I am a mother do I appreciate this. Chuck not only supports my running habit, but understands that as soon as he gets home, Rhett is his responsibility until I get back. Even better, he doesn't view time time with Rhett as a responsibility; he enjoys spending time with his son. Even better than all of that, he doesn't mind starting dinner so that when I come back from running, dinner's waiting for me. I could go on and on about all the things that he does for me and now Rhett...but I won't.

I started this post thinking it would be a Father's Day tribute; everyone else was doing them. But really, since Rhett is still just little and blob-ish (although he's now a smiley blob), neither one of us feels very "parent-y." So it's just another note of complete adoration for my husband. I love that I can say that although he's not perfect, he's perfect for me.


8 comments:

emily said...

very sweet. i still consider it a father's day tribute, even if you don't. there is almost nothing that makes a man a better father than being a great husband to the mother of his child.

Living in Tally said...

Nice tribute--and dang cute picture. Glad to hear that Chuck is so good to you both! It makes me smile.

Sandra said...

Don't you just want to hug and kiss your mother-in-law and thank her for raising such a great son? I feel that way so many times... hurray for awesome husbands and dads.

D&A said...

good job on holding your head up rhett! itsn't it great to know that jointly, you and chuck chose rhett but also that rhett chose the two of you. i like that.

N Pendleton said...

so sweet! and what a cute little hat!!

Tamara said...

I agree, I am very happy about being born in 1977 even if my husband thinks that I am old:)

Niederfam said...

well said!!!! it's true, I agree P isn't perfect either, but he's perfect for me too!!! And YES, I'd say you are QUITE lucky to have an equal partner, aren't we all!!!!

holly said...

what a happy thing. "hands on dad" as I call them are a miracle in themselves. I'm glad Matt is one too!