Thankful Tuesday – Dinga de Dinga Dong

Thankful Tuesday – Dinga de Dinga Dong

This entry is part of Everyday Gyaan’s Thankful Tuesday Blog Hop…  At the end of the post, feel free to check out other entries and/or add your own! 

My husband’s birthday was July 1st and while I threw together a very impromptu dinner (“Haystacks”) and bought him a really cute cake (from the clearance rack at Wal-Mart… cute AND 40% off!), I never properly expressed just how thankful I am that he’s a part of my life.

Dear Marc,

Hey babe!  Hope you slept well last night despite the three or four times I “nudged” you so that you’d roll over and stop snoring.  I did feel bad the first time I nudged you because it was my fault that you had stayed up so late – you were trying to help me find an image to go with yesterday’s blog post – so I waited a good 5 minutes before nudging you a second time.  It was the longest 5 minutes of my life, but totally worth it in appreciation of all that you do for me.

I know that you have been worried about a lot of things lately:  the discovery that you only have one kidney, while it makes a great joke, is concerning because of what it could mean, our finances, gathering up and sorting through all the items in the barn that we plan to sell including your prized Landcruiser and many of your clocks, and all the while still trying to be an engaging dad to our children and a loving husband to me.

I know that your love language is pretty much a tie between words of affirmation and physical touch, and I am sorry that I’ve neither had the time nor made the time to really speak to you in either language lately.  And even though the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts…”, in marriage, I know that just the thought(s) alone are not enough (until you hone your psychic abilities more, that is).  And I forgive you for looking so surprised the other day when I announced that the baby was sleeping in her pack-n-play and we had a good 30 minutes to bring sexy back.   I know I said it in practical mode tone of voice, but sometimes my switch gets stuck in the on position… just view it as a challenge!

I want you to know that even though I am on edge – a bit more worried about things than I usually am – that I do know that together we are a pretty dyn-o-mite team, and there is nothing we can’t conquer so long as we do it together.  Besides, who else would love our quirks?  And even though you aren’t a big fan of musicals, even you’ve gotta admit that we go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong… remembered forever… as shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom… chang chang changity chang shoobop… that’s the way it should be, wha oooh, yeah!

Marc BenzakeinI love watching the way you make being a dad look so easy… when we know it’s not (at least not all the time).  It is exhausting at times being the parents of a 5 year old boy and a 5 month old baby girl, but you never complain.  Your patience, goodness, generosity, strength of character, and caring make you THE BEST daddy our children could ever have.

Knowing that you will be here day after day for me and for our family fills me with hope and happiness – even if I sometimes hide it under grumpiness, worry, and my ever present “practical mode” personality.  I am truly blessed to have found such a perfect partner… a perfect daddy for our children… a best friend. 

I love you.

Your wife,

Jessica

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6 Responses to “Thankful Tuesday – Dinga de Dinga Dong”
  1. tracy says:

    lovely Jessica. Our husband need to be told that they are important to our everyday needs.

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    Jessica Benzakein Reply:

    Thans for posting a comment, Tracy! I don’t know about you, but I tend to be more complimentary or encouraging to children or to total strangers or friends before I am to my husband in part, I think, because I think he should just know that I love him (I had two children with him after all), but what I forget is that being loved and feeling appreciated are two different things. He needs to feel appreciated… he knows he is loved.

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  2. What a heartfelt letter, J. Yes, it’s so easy to take our significant other for granted. I found myself grumbling at J for no reason at all – but now that I’m conscious of it – I’m getting better….
    Thanks for joining the blog hop…So much to be grateful for.

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    Corinne Rodrigues Reply:

    Oh yes, and I love that song!

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    Jessica Benzakein Reply:

    I know, huh! I know every word to the Grease and Grease II soundtrack. The only way I’d ever make it on Jeopardy is if they had a musicals themed week.

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    Jessica Benzakein Reply:

    Thanks, Corinne! Being conscious of our actions or lack thereof is indeed a huge key to changing behavior.

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