Many moons ago, I received an urgent and angst-filled email from Gary’s ex, warning me that I “only know half the story” and that there are countless, unimaginable horrors I don’t know yet about Gary. Given the source, I naturally paid rapt and devout attention (and by “rapt and devout attention”, I mean snickering and brushing the hogwash into the already overflowing bin of garbage).
To date, Gary has yet to morph into a hairy beast in the full moon, reveal his home planet, grow a second head, divulge where long-missing bodies are buried, construct crop circles in the front yard, don women’s underwear, or – shudder- register as a Republican.
However, the warning was dead-on in some ways. There are things I did not, at that time years ago, know about Gary yet.
I didn’t know that when I hurt my back and couldn’t move for two solid weeks, Gary would take care of me around the clock without once complaining.
I didn’t know that Gary can make up silly love songs on the spot…that actually rhyme!
I didn’t know that watching him play and interact with the kids could melt what I always considered my hard-ass heart.
I didn’t know that just the sound of his voice would be so comforting on a hard day.
I didn’t know that loving my best friend would color my entire world a brighter color.
I didn’t know I would someday feel so comfortable with him that I share damn near every silly, scrambled thought that rushes through my skull.
I didn’t know that Gary had infinite patience for listening to every silly, scrambled thought that rushes through my skull!
I didn’t know the strength he has in his heart to keep fighting for and with his kids.
I didn’t know a man existed who would treat me like a queen yet stand by my side as my partner and my equal.
I didn’t know that ultimately, I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
So, yes, there actually were things I did not know about Gary. Thank you for the heads-up…because I truly enjoy discovering each and every one.