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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mrs. Chatterbox: Guest Blogger


Forrest Gump famously proclaimed, “I know what love is.”


As you know, Mr. C. and I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Turkey. What a wonderful country, full of wonderful people. We had good experiences and enjoyed the adventure of the trip. But, I made an observation on this particular trip that many of you might think should have come years ago.


Mr. C. and I have crafted a great life together. We have a son who is the light of our lives. We are proud of the person he has become and proud of his achievements. We can see only good things ahead for our boy. We have buried my parents and my father-in-law and gotten through those painful moments together. We’ve had some ups and downs as a married couple (mostly ups) and have weathered those storms also. There is no one on this earth that I would rather spend time with than Mr. C. He is funny, and smart, and the joy of my very life. But this trip taught me something important.


I observed my husband watching my steps for me, pointing out cobblestones and dips that might cause me to fall. I observed my husband gently propelling me through situations, carefully guarding my safety at all times. I observed my husband standing in front of me, when necessary, to shield me from something unpleasant. At all times I observed him looking out for my best interests. He carefully explained historical significances to me, and then repeated those explanations for me instead of losing patience with my questions.


Why haven’t I noticed this before? Of course, this is the way he has treated me for almost 40 years of togetherness. Always looking out for me. But this trip, for some reason, seemed different. His protection of me was precious and dear. I have come away from this great adventure realizing that the great adventure in our lives is…our life together.


Yes. I know what love is.


Ephesus, Turkey

36 comments:

  1. Aww...how lovely. So glad you can see the forest for the trees and hope you have many, many, many more years together!

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  2. Aw, how sweet, though from some of the stories he's told I think it's Mr. Chatterbox who needs protection.

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  3. Beautiful! Now go hug each other!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful, beautiful thing! It's no wonder you are proud of your son as he has had such a gentlemen of a father to follow.

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  5. YEAH! You go girl. Marriage to the right person rocks!

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  6. Priceless. I love to hear about marriages like this...I have close "peeps" that are literally trapped in loveless marriages void of mutual respect. I am grateful that I am not in that boat. My hubby and I were traveling at the same time you and Stephen were (a drive trip through the Southwest, but I too enjoyed his 24/7 company. Thanks for sharing, Mrs. C. Laurel

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  7. I am so touched by your post -- it's brought tears of joy to my eyes. How beautiful of you to have been so aware of the care and love he has for you. I think you are both very blessed indeed...

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  8. This is beautiful! I loved hearing from you, and especially such loving words. This is an awesome post!

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  9. This is exactly how my husband treats me - lovely, isn't it?

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  10. I have one of those husbands too. It's indeed most wonderful.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  11. Awww what a lovely post. :)

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  12. this is so heart warming to read- what a lovely way to start my day by reading your guest blog.
    So glad to hear you had a great time with your best friend! Cheers!

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  13. What a great tribute to your husband. It's wonderful to have that kind of love.

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  14. Beautiful, Mrs. C. Thank you for sharing.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. Hi Mrs. Chatterbox, I have been reading your husband's blog for awhile now and figured out that our families have a lot in common. It is a wonderful thing for you and I to have nice men in our lives that care enough to want to keep us safe and happy. My husband and I have been married for 41 years and still I find it charming that he is protective and caring. We have two children and two grandchildren and I can't imagine my life as being any better than it is.


    I am so glad you guest posted. It is nice to "meet" you.

    Cheryl P.

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  16. And that is as it should be. Many of us have never known such love. Treasure each other! :):)

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  17. how sweet! are you sure you didn't write that about yourself and then sign your wife's name?

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  18. Your love is inspirational. Your travels are too.

    xoRobyn

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  19. You just made me get up and walk over to the couch where my husband is sitting to give him a hug.

    Nice to "meet" you, Mrs. C, and what a wonderful post!

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  20. Very strong words. Good on you for realizing this situation and appreciating it.
    I hope I hear more posts from you.

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  21. What a blessing, to have such a love.

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  22. A love extended and a love observed. The fullness of life's riches.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  23. good for both of you.... love is a beautiful thing!
    now I need a vacation with my husband!!

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  24. How wonderful to love and be loved as you are Mrs. C.

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  25. Lovely write-up Mrs. C!!! May God bless you both :)

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  26. Wow! Today is our 34th anniversary, and reading your post has brought me to tears. I too know what love is. Thank you for pointing this out.

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  27. Mrs. Chatterbox says that she is blessed. I think it goes for both of you.

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  28. That's very sweet. We just had our 30th anniversary recently. Can't believe all that time has gone and I still look so young. (Ahem.)

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  29. you are both fortunate to have each other and to appreciate each other is a gift. sounds like you have a lovely trip. :)

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  30. Sounds like both you had a great time filled with realization.

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  31. Such a charming post, Mrs. C.!

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