Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: Solace

He is many things to me and mine. He is stability while the rest of us spin wildly in our orbits. He is the smart one, able to explain physics and biology and technology and engineering so that little ones -- and one big one -- can understand. He is the slayer of spiders and other creepy-crawlies. He is the light sleeper awakened immediately by the pitter-patter of little feet in the middle of the night. He is the fixer of broken toys and disposals and hearts. He is the calming cooer to little ones out of control. He is the soother to us all.


We complement each other quite well. I am loud; he speaks softly. I am the talker; he is the listener. I am the disciplinarian; he commiserates with the offender. I am frivolity; he is practicality. I am a taker; he is a giver. I lash out; he ponders the route to take. I am a worrier; he fears little.


I've made it this far in my life knowing that regretting the past is fruitless. But if I allow myself to ponder what I would have done differently, I find myself pining only for the chance to have encountered and loved him earlier in my life, to have had more of his years than I have had. My solace turns 50 today. Happy birthday, Pete.

[Find solace at Sunday Scribblings this week.]

14 comments:

GreenishLady said...

What a lovely tribute to your life-partner. Hope he has a very happy birthday, and a great year.

Marcy said...

Sweet Baboo and I are also at other ends of the spectrum. I will often play the "what if" game in my head (or sometimes with him) and I shudder to think what might have been if I hadn't followed the steps that I did to reach him. Happy Birthday to the love of your life.

Remiman said...

patois,
Nice!
No, really,....Nice
rel

bellamocha said...

This is a great way to say 'happy birthday' to your loved one! It's wonderful that you embrace these differences and let them bring you solace. I enjoyed this SS, thank you!

D... said...

Beautiful.

Happy Birthday to Pete! I hope your solace has a wonderfully special day.

Karen said...

A beautiful ode to your partner--lovely!

keiths ramblings said...

Ah - that's so nice!

forgetfulone said...

What a nice post! Very sweet tribute to the one you love.

Bubba's Sis said...

Happy Birthday, Pete! You're a lucky man to have this woman love you so much!

cjh said...

Aww, that's very sweet. I wish the same thing about The Boyfriend...but I don't think either of us would have been ready earlier.

danni said...

great solace to be had in love, especially when friendship is part of the package - happy day to your sweetheart! --- my hero and i are a little opposite like this and the compliment works like magic!!!

Lucy said...

oooh that is one sweet love letter to your sweetheart! Excellent source of solace.. a true soulmate! (ours share the same name!)
happy BiG 50 Pete!

rebecca said...

what a nice post and a nice tribute to your beloved. as i was reading it, it reminded me much of my beloved. we are also the yin and yang of relationships... complete opposites that have managed to make it thru quite contentedly to 30 years thus far and still counting.

Tanya Gwen Minnick said...

Beautiful post, emotion came through your words and spoke greatly of this loved one.
how brave to declare it! and a blessing to find solace in.

Rides to Heaven on a Gyroscope

A couple of months ago, I saw a client I hadn't seen for a number of months. Like more than a dozen people have in the recent past, she ...