Some days my face is twisted with stress and my mind in spinning like a top. I am out of answers, dry of ideas and simply weak. On those days your arms around me aren’t just a loving embrace, but my protection from all that I cannot fix. I can hide my face in your chest and press the pause button, call a “time out” on life. You have an ability to sense when I cannot stand tall next to you as a partner. When I am fragile and run down, you don’t think twice or need to be asked, you instinctually know to carry me. When I have a problem, you present a solution. When I am in trouble, I look for you to save me. When we don’t have enough, you always get more.
When the chaos of the evening routine is in motion, you bring order. When tears swell up and slide down little cheeks, you can find laughter. You sharpen the pencils and break out the books to see them through their school work. You help dole out portions of a hearty meal to our little one’s hungry bellies and help pull their arms through their pajama shirts. As bedtime draws near, you aid in scrubbing their little teeth clean and kiss them atop their head while pulling the blankets to their chin.
As nighttime arrives, our eyes are heavy and the day has ended, you are just starting to begin. You collect your things and tie your laces, prepare your bag and get ready to leave. One last kiss goodnight as you zipper your coat before it’s time to head out. You walk down the stairs with your keys rattling in your hand and close the door behind you, for your day has just begun. But before you start your car and travel to work and become the person you need to be to do your job successfully, you always manage to take a second, even in the pouring rain or blistery snow, to turn around and lock the door. Of the many roles you play in our family, Dad, father, fixer, Santa, human toy, you always remember, without being asked, to be our protector. You always lock the door.
My words will never be sufficient for the love and gratitude I have for you, so this will have to do. With everything that I am and all that I stand for, please know that I love you deeply.
Now if you could just remember to take the garbage out with you!