How's Married Life?
As Lauren said, it's only a matter of time before Benjamin takes the reins of the blog and "takes a hand in the story telling." So here I am.
Today is an example of what life is like these days - not perfect, but absolutely wonderful. One question I get is "How's married life?" and I don't always know what to say. Usually "wonderful" or "very good". And that's all true. But today I reflected upon a single moment and I knew that if someone told me married life would be like this I wouldn't believe them. That single moment was just about an hour ago. I might as well summarize what led to that moment:
I woke up this morning with my wife by my side. Mornings usually involve waking up to the alarm clock (it's usually my duty to get up and turn it off) and promptly get back in bed. I know that sounds extremely lazy, but that's why we set the alarm clock about 45 minutes earlier than required. Then the REAL alarm clock begins when Lauren says "wakeupwakeupwakupwakup" which effectively gets me going. We get up and I got the coffee brewing. Lauren made a parfait of Greek yogurt, real maple syrup, granola, blueberries and strawberries which puts McDonald's parfait to shame. Grandma Lila came and joined us for her usual cereal and banana (which she really enjoys). Then Lauren read to me while I took a shower, then we switched places and I read while she showered. We are reading a book about raising Godly children which a family friend has written, and it has opened some very great conversation between Lauren and I. We got dressed, I checked my email and Lauren made the bed. We opened the windows and felt the warm breeze and figured it was a good day for a walk. So we walked around the neighborhood (about 1 mile) and we got back just in time for Mom to come by from next door. Grandma had a doctors appointment today to check on her leg. So Mom and Lauren went with Grandma to the doctors and I went off to work. I am extremely blessed to have a job which does not require a large number of hours to sustain our household. This allows me more time to be with Lauren and Grandma Lila. So when the end of the work day arrived, I came home and Lauren was cooking Mexican food. Yes, Mexican food! We are approaching that moment of bliss.
We all sat down, gave thanks to God, and chowed down on tacos. Hand fried taco shells too. I made Grandma's soft taco and I loaded up my tacos. It was really yummy. After dinner, Grandma started playing Chopin's Nocturne and I helped Lauren with the dishes and when we were done I sat down. During the walk earlier today I had hurt my foot, so Lauren borrowed some of Grandma's foot cream and started rubbing my foot. And it was in THAT moment I thought "If I were to have told myself ten years ago that I would be sitting here, full of Mexican food, listening to Grandma Lila playing Chopin, getting my feet rubbed - I wouldn't have believed it". But there I was.
So when people ask me "How's Married Life?" I should tell them "better than I ever could have possibly imagined."
And if you noticed that this blog was primarily about food, I suppose the saying is true: The way to a man's heart in through his stomach. Especially Mexican food!
4/20/2012 02:12:21 pm
Ben - your last paragraph is very true! :) I learned that after we got married.. it's true with Chad, and his brothers. They all liked me a lot better after I cooked for them. ;)
4/24/2012 07:41:00 am
Lauren claims she told me she could cook before we married, but I didn't know. When we first moved in, we had Ramen Noodles for dinner, and I was perfectly content with that. What a pleasant surprise!
4/22/2012 08:50:26 am
Hey Ben! Nice to read a post by you! Yep, sounds like a pretty nice day. You hurt your foot again?!?!? Hope you feel better soon.
4/24/2012 07:42:42 am
My foot is doing fine, it was just a sore spot on the ball of my foot. "Fit as a fiddle, I am, good as new, I say." Ben says with a horrible accent.
4/25/2012 10:36:20 am
Ben, I loved hearing your voice in this post. It made me smile.
4/26/2012 11:09:29 am
Very much smiling at this post. :)
4/26/2012 11:10:14 am
And mexican cooking is the BEST!
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