Reason #451,671 Why I Love My Husband.

“Damn, I hate winter,” I said, sighing.

“Really? You’re already starting with the damn-I-hate-winter stuff? It’s only the beginning of December!” my husband replied, looking exasperated.

“I know, I know.  But it’s just so…ugly. And cold. And long. Why does winter have to last three times longer than any other season?”

“Well, technically, it doesn’t. In fact, it hasn’t even started yet. It’s still fall.”

“I don’t care what the calendar says. It’s cold. It’s grey. There are no leaves on the trees and there’s snow on the ground. It’s winter.“

“Fine. It’s winter. But since we live in Indiana, you’re just going to have to get used to it. Suck it up, babycakes.”

“I wish we could move farther south.”

“We already did. Remember how much worse the weather in Michigan was?”

“Yeah, yeah. I know. But I’m talking really far south. Somewhere palm trees grow. Did I tell you about the job posting I saw the other day? It was for a shop in Tampa.”

“Please tell me you didn’t apply.”

“Why? Wouldn’t you like to live near the ocean?”

“Amber, we’ve already discussed this. We have a nice life here. We have friends, a nice house, good jobs… I don’t want to start over again.”

“Fine. You’re right. But…”

“But what?”

“Promise me I’ll have a palm tree in my front yard someday.”

“That I can promise.”

A few hours later…

“Amber put your shoes on.”

“What? Why?”

“I have something I want you to see outside. Come on.”

“Alright, alright, I’m coming. But this better be worth it. It’s cold out there.”

“It will be, I promise. But first, close your eyes.”

“What? Are you crazy? I’ll fall on my face.”

“No you won’t. I’ve got you. Close ‘em.”

“Okay, fine. Lead the way.”

“Thank you. Watch out for the step…this way.”

“How far are you taking me?”

“Just out into the street. Okay, let me turn you around…now open your eyes!”

Palm trees in Indiana

And ever since, I've had palm trees in my front yard, all winter long.

This post was inspired by this week’s writing prompt over at The Red Dress Club. Check it out!


31 Comments on Reason #451,671 Why I Love My Husband.

  1. Lady Jennie
    January 21, 2011 at 11:53 am (5 years ago)

    No way! woot woot Hubs. He scored big. :-)

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    • Amber
      January 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      It was one of his finer moments, I will admit.

      Reply
  2. Nichole
    January 21, 2011 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

    Okay, that is so ridiculously thoughtful! Keep him!
    Great job with the prompt.
    I’m so happy that you linked up with us. :)

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    • Amber
      January 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      I think I will keep him! And I think I’ll link up more often.This was fun.

      Reply
  3. Valerie
    January 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Cute post-and a perfect way to have palm trees in your front yard! I want a palm tree too someday:)

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    • Amber
      January 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh I’m going to have a real one. Someday. But probably not until I’m old and gray. Sigh.

      Reply
  4. Rebecca
    January 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    After this post even I love your husband.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:03 am (5 years ago)

      He says thank you.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:03 am (5 years ago)

      Yes. I have to agree. How does a Florida girl deal with winter? I can’t imagine leaving all that warmth.

      Reply
  5. Ashley
    January 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm (5 years ago)

    That’s true love right there. People must tell you how lucky you are all of the time because you’ve got this great guy. I hear it all the time and it’s great and all but I want to tell you….I’m sure he’s the lucky one! Cute story!

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:02 am (5 years ago)

      Sounds like we’re both lucky to have found good ones. I’m sure your hub is the lucky one too!

      Reply
  6. Cheryl @ Mommypants
    January 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Aww..how sweet is that? What a thoughtful husband you have!

    Is this where I tell you we, uh, have REAL palm trees in our front yard? 😉

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am (5 years ago)

      Oh man. I am very very jealous of you right now. I hate winter. Hate it hate it hate it.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am (5 years ago)

      Now if only we could take that light up palm tree and place it next to a real one…

      Reply
  7. Jessica Anne
    January 22, 2011 at 1:11 am (5 years ago)

    That is so sweet! He’s a keeper.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:00 am (5 years ago)

      I think so. 😉

      Reply
  8. Leighann
    January 22, 2011 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

    adorable!!!

    Reply
  9. Janet
    January 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great story! I’ve seen those light up palm trees around here, and always thought they were silly, but yours make PERFECT sense! Love it!

    Reply
    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 9:00 am (5 years ago)

      Definitely silly, but also important to my sanity. Thank you!

      Reply
  10. Missy @ Wonder, Friend
    January 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great husband! And I love this take on TRDC’s prompt. Well done!

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 8:59 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! There’s so many great responses to that prompt, it’s really unbelievable!

      Reply
    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 8:59 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! I think we annoy our neighbors with our lights up long past Christmas, but oh well. Makes me happy.

      Reply
  11. alicia
    January 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm (5 years ago)

    This actually made me get emotional. Probably meant to be funny, but what a sweet gesture. And I have way too many hormones right now trying not to hate Iowa so much. It’s been so freaking cold here. And I’ve had very similar convos lately.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 8:58 am (5 years ago)

      We have them every winter. I hate winter. Hate it, hate it, hate it. But remember, spring comes every year. We just have to hang in there…

      Reply
  12. BalancingMama (Julie)
    January 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Best surprise ever!!!! Can I borrow him? Wedding anniversary on Tuesday… I’ll probably get a card.

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    • Amber
      January 23, 2011 at 8:57 am (5 years ago)

      I can have him send your husband an “educational” email… We’ve had plenty of holidays like that, though.

      Reply
  13. Gina
    January 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Your husband DOES rock!

    Reply
    • Amber
      January 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm (5 years ago)

      I like to think so. :-)

      Reply

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