20 January 2011

i dare you

There is no one on this planet like my husband. On our first date, Nick called ahead to have candles and flowers put on our table at a totally unfancy Greek restaurant. While he was away from the table, the owner, who went by "Mama", came over and told me he was a keeper. And I believed her. After dinner, we took a long walk through town, asking each other the usual what-is-this-person-all-about questions when Nick said he needed to use a bathroom (romantic, no?).  We were on a residential street, no restrooms in sight. 

"I dare you to knock on someone's door and ask to use theirs," I said.
Without hesitation, he replied, "I'll do it."
And off he went, knocked on a stranger's door, used their bathroom, and came back out to meet me. 

I was sort of impressed. Here was a guy who made arrangements with "Mama" for a special dinner, provided plenty of stimulating conversation, and was willing to accept my dare. I don't think I would have done it.

Looking back over the last eight years together, he hasn't changed. He doesn't hesitate when most people would. It might be something funny like accepting a dare, dominating a burger eating challenge, or always ordering the weirdest item on the menu. But what I have come to appreciate maybe more than any of his other qualities, is his willingness to accept life's challenges, and let's face it, my hair-brained ideas. Like taking a two year old on a nine hour flight to London for a last minute adventure or building a salon in our basement. Saying yes to adoption without question, even when I was already four months pregnant. Taking three crazy, rowdy boys to the park after an eleven hour work day so I can get a moment of peace. Putting his arm around someone (even from afar) to show support in a time of need when nobody else will. 

He will always say "yes" if it means making something better for someone else. 

Mama was right. That boy I met eight years ago - he's a keeper.


  1. He definitely sounds like a keeper!! Beautiful post!

  2. What a wonderful tribute... the lucky bloke! Stopped by from Mamakat's Workshop.

  3. He'll take the kids to the park after he's worked all day? I need one of those!

    I would not have done the dare, either. I am in awe of people who can do something totally fun and outrageous like that without missing a beat, though! Lucky lady.

    Just visiting from Mama Kat's.

  4. This is by far my favorite response to this prompt yet. I came here from Mama's, and this is a wonderful post. I, too, have a keeper, so I love being able to read about other "people's keepers!"

    I hope you can take a look at my entry to Mama's prompts. Again, great job!

  5. Love it! On our first date, Gavin had to use the bathroom and peed in a parking lot in downtown Seattle! :-)

  6. Thanks, ladies...can't wait to check out some of the other responses!

    Patty, our husbands are very, very charming in that way.

  7. Aw, what a great post! I need to find a keeper like that. :-) And lovely photo, Go Hawks! (Even if they did let us down last weekend...I still love them)

    (Visiting from SITS)

  8. What a wonderful guy! It's so nice to hear compliments about our men. I'm used to hearing complaints!

  9. He sounds perfect. What a keeper : ) Glad you are so happy together. May it last forever : )

  10. This is beautifully written! I really enjoyed reading about your "keeper."