A few days ago, we were celebrating a minor event, a celebration which Amy has apparently been planning for some time. I should note at this point that Amy is an honor roll student in the School of Joel. I don't mean that I'm teaching her things; she's way smarter than I am. I mean that she studies me. Amy knows stuff about me that I don't know about me. She knows why I'm always late for stuff (sorry, baby). She knows my favorite foods, favorite movies, favorite shoes (yes, I have a favorite pair of shoes- some really comfortable old sneakers). And not only does she know this stuff, she uses it.
Anyhow, back to the celebration. On the day in question I walked into the house after work, and it smelled especially great. Amy is a great cook, and it was clear that she had been working magic in the kitchen again. I came around the corner, and this is the first thing I saw:
Sure! Balloons at a party make sense. But my wife is sneaky, and she knows I like puzzles. These particular balloons weren't just decorations. They were a clue!
While she was finishing up dinner, Amy had also made little toasted pepper jack pimento cheese bagettes as an appetizer. Because she knows that pepper jack is one of my very favorite cheeses, and because she knows that I discovered I like pimento cheese at another event she planned for us a while back. Sorry, no picture of these, because they were all eaten up before we got the camera out! (Are you beginning to grasp the awesomeness of my wife? Wait, there's more!)
If you're from the South, or if you watch the Food Network, then you know exactly what this is, but for the unitiated, what you see before you is a little bit of heaven on a plate. That, dear reader, is stone ground grits, with butter and bacon and scallions and cheese, and some of the most ginormous and tasty shrimp you ever had, with some cornbread hushpuppies just to show off a little bit. My wife made that. For me. Because she knows they're my favorite. And they were so good. I'm telling you, Awesome.
Any man would have been happy now, but on this particular night it was like I was on the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right, and Jonny kept saying, "But wait, there's more!" Remember those balloons at the beginning of the post? Have you guessed what they were a clue to? If you guessed "Up" then you were right.
Somewhere, somebody is saying, "Timeout! Your wife took you to a kid's movie?" I see that you have momentarilly forgotten that my wife is Awesome. Because my wife knows that I love animated movies, especially CGI animated movies. I'd like to tell you it's because I studied computer graphics in college, but in reality, I'm just a big kid. And my wife knows this. And she's awesome.
By the way, in the world of family friendly movies, "Up" knows some serious ninja moves from the government. Seriously, mad kung fu skills. It's a rare movie that you can take older young children and adults to, let them sit next to each other in the theatre, and give them both something that entertains them. The kids get a fun adventure movie, and the grown-ups get a neat story about a guy keeping his lifelong promise to the love of his life. There's even a spot in there where I dare any red-blooded, wife-loving tough guy not to tear up. Go ahead, I dare you. It does have a few scary scenes with big dogs and a rather mean antagonist, which explains the PG rating, so it's probably not good for younger children, but for the older kids, and the kids at heart, it's great.
I love my wife with every fiber of my being, and I would love her that much even if she weren't awesome. But I think we can all agree now that my wife is Awesome! And lest anyone think I've forgotten the other adjective in our blog title, let me put that to rest right now.
It's okay. You can say it. "Wow". I'm not even a little bit ashamed to admit that my heart beats a bit faster whenever I see that smile. Amy is so pretty.
Awesomeness and Attractiveness. I am a lucky man.