There is no exact litmus test on the "Husband of the Year" award and for the sake of too many arguments, most of the husbands reading this column are pretty darn good husbands for sure. But to be the actual "Husband of the Year" takes some doing. Dedication to the one you love; sacrifice to her; willing to go the extra mile and being extremely on your best behavior in public are several criteria that one is judged by. There are many more, but these are a good start.
Now as most of you know, I am not one to toot my own horn, (har, har), but guys, facts are facts. And because the facts are facts, I humbly accept the award. And here's why!!
Two weeks ago, Deb and I had a long, long busy week. We had special speakers at our church, special music, preparation and clean-up with each service. Do I really need to go on and on about how busy we were. Good! Anyway, when it was all over, I suggested that we take a day off and head somewhere just to get away from it all. We weren't really in too adventurous of a mood, so we just headed to Cedar Rapids for an overnight stay. Left one afternoon and returned the next afternoon. Phones off and just some "getting back to sanity" time. It really does do a body good!
All of a sudden, my mind swirled and I figured this could also be a surprise Mother's Day gift for Deb. The old two birds with one stone adage was coming into effect. One thing Deb and I enjoy doing every now and then is catching an afternoon movie. No, not because it's a little cheaper....Ok, because it's a little cheaper is one of the reasons but also because afternoon movies are not crowded at all. Thus we sit wherever we want. And we can do a little "smooching." Except Deb always says, "John, stop it, we're in the movie theater, for God's sake." So, no smooching. But a pop and big thing of popcorn is the next best thing.
Well, because I mentioned that this was also my gift to her for Mother's Day, she got to pick out the movie. And this is where I received the "go-ahead run" to win the coveted Husband-of-the-Year award. You see, Deb and I have opposite ends of the spectrum tastes in movies. She loves those disaster movies and all the Arnold Swartzeneggar, Bruce Willis type movies. Lots of action, gun fire and the such. Me? I love Hannibal Lector! Psycho, Silence of the Lambs and movies like that.
She picked "The Avengers." Two hours and twenty-two minutes of action that only Super-heroes can do. There was Iron-Man, Captain America, several others that I can't remember and a big, big angry green man by the name of "Hulk." For her it was heaven. For me, a seat in the dentist's office would have been more fun. Many disagree with me because it's one of the biggest grossing movies ever. For me it was just gross!!! But I would never let her know that. Please don't tell her.
But as long as my "sweetie-pie" enjoyed it, that's all that matters. Plus I won the award! And, come Father's Day, I hope Norman Bates or Hannibal Lector will light up the screen.
And "That's The Way I See It."
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org of call me at 319-334-4117 and let me know how you see it. Next week, my sage advice for all graduates.