My husband, the Papa in this empty nest in which we live, has been my life companion for 37 years of marriage. We dated for three years before we tied the knot, so I’ve known this man for 40 years. And in these 40 years, I’ve learned a lot about him.
He is and always will be a student of history. I often think he may have missed his calling – he should have been a history teacher/professor. He’s constantly reading, studying, learning about historical events, persons, and places. If you perused his book shelves here in our home office, the titles in his collection attest to this interest of his.
One of his favorite things to do is visit museums and in our many years of marriage, we’ve walked through more than I can remember in various areas of our country. Everything in such a place captivates my husband’s attention and he can be found reading almost every display card in an exhibit. I, on the other hand, scan the exhibits for something that stands out and piques my interest, reading about that particular item, and then moving on.
I usually end of up at least one room ahead of my husband during our walk through a museum, sometimes even further ahead. Last weekend, we used a Groupon for a two-for-one admittance into the Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, a place hubby has wanted to visit for quite some time now in our nearby city. He enjoyed our afternoon there immensely, and as usual, he was always behind me while examining the exhibits.
I stopped periodically and waited for him to catch up with me, and once I snapped this photo of him deeply involved in reading about one aspect of a display. He didn’t even know I’d taken his picture. It’s typical him in a museum – always captivated by something and always behind me.
And one more thing that’s also typical him is this: he’s always behind me, no matter what happens, no matter the circumstances, this man always has my back. He supports me, listens to me, encourages me, is my loyal and trusted friend as well as husband. That’s just one of the reasons why I love him so much.
And one of the reasons why I’m so thankful to walk through this life with this man.
“We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.” ~ Theodore Reik