There wasn't anything special. He was just being himself. Funny, a little bit grumpy, but totally getting me. And, he hadn't pissed me off in a while. So, I'll document it here, I'm a lucky woman. And those close to us recognize how wonderful he is, too.
So, I was really touched when I was cc'ed on this email from a counselor at school to Joey (and others) thanking them for talking to her 12th grade transitions class.
Joe, you were the most familiar face. We gleaned that you have helped more than a few kids ---listening when they were muddled or just plain not motivated. Eyes were opened wide with tales of your high school....and that you are so honoring when you talk of Norbyah. Teenagers do not often hear a man talking of his wife...with care, respect, love. Thank you.
I'm definitely keeping him.