I was waiting for Mike to come home the other night after a looong day at work. A long day for him, that is; mine was my regular eight-hour-at-the-office day in air-conditioned comfort. His days are often twelve-hours long and lately outside in the oppressive heat and humidity we get here in the deep South. I don't know how he deals with it, but he does - day in and day out. And day before yesterday he came home with swollen, itching ant bites all over his torso. And the day before that, he sprained his ankle and has been limping ever since. And that was after he badly twisted his knee while lifting something entirely too heavy. Sigh...
Anyway, I heard him pull up after work and looked out the front door and saw this... I had to grab my camera.
Note his filthy clothes from being sweaty and working all day outside doing lots of construction kinds of work. He's my own real life Dirty Jobs guy. And, you can't see it, but he was limping up the driveway and stairs. But also note the nice look on his face. Such a nice face. And then note that he is carrying a gift! Ah-ha! A gift for little ol' me?
Yep, for me! Mike had read this post where I wrote about our broken waffle maker, after writing this post about how we were loving waffles lately. So he trotted (well, limped) on over to the store on his way home and bought the exact waffle maker from my post. And it's a dandy. It's the Cadillac of waffle-makers, all shiney and new with knobs and whistles. I gave it a test run on Saturday morning and the waffles are hugely thick and the machine even dings when they're done! No more watching and waiting and checking - and sometimes pulling the waffles apart if they're not quite cooked in the middle!
And why did he go to so much trouble? Well, read the box... 'cause he loves me. Sigh... It only took my whole life, but I finally found a kind and thoughtful man. I reckon that's why I snatched him up and married him. Even though he was limping, filthy and covered with itchy ant welts - and might have scared some women off looking the way he did, he's got a big ol' good heart and smiling face and that's the most important thing of all.
And, oh yeah, he cleans up real well.