This morning I watched the news as I got ready for work. I was struck by the running theme of "greatness" in every story. The reporters gushed on and on about music stars, movie stars, authors, sports figures and other well known celebrities. Whether they were doing it intentionally or not, they were bombarding us with stories of greatness abounding in the lives of the people who we follow in the media. I heard myself say out loud, "Blah, blah, blah".
As I was listening to these "news" stories, I thought about my husband. Now there is greatness! He will never be famous; he'll never star in a movie, hit a grand slam in the majors, score touchdowns in the NFL, or even record a music video. I know he'll never write a book, because he doesn't even like reading one! No, in your eyes, he will probably never be great.
We have been together for 15 years and I can honestly say that he does something everyday to show me how much he loves me. He cooks more often than I do. He does laundry, takes care of the yard and 3 dogs, and will do housework if I pout. I have watched him raise my daughter as if she was his own. His eyes fill up with tears when he talks about how much he loves her. Every week, he does something special with the only one of our 6 children who remains at home. That, my friends, is greatness.
Don't get me wrong, life isn't perfect. He and I are complete opposites and we make each other quite crazy sometimes. I am a refined, you know the type, ballet and symphony type of girl. He is a rough and tumble, cigar smoking, beer drinking, outdoors kind of guy. He has learned how to make hoity toity martinis and will even go to the ballet. All he asks in return is that I go camping, boating or keep him company when he works on the cars every once in a while. He is the handyman for all of my single girlfriends. They call him "Diego, the Cabana Boy". That, my friends, is greatness.
I would far rather my sons be like this man than like somebody who has achieved "greatness" in the world's eyes. If they aspire to love their wives and children with the same passion, integrity and devotion as he does , then they will achieve greatness.
I adore him with everything in my being. Honey, you are great!!