*Today’s post on day 23 of the Dear Gratitude project is written by Toi Thomas, a talented writer and fellow blogger.*
Hey man, we been friends a long time, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m glad. I mean, I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to be your friend. When I look back and think about how rocky things started out for us, it makes me laugh, but hey, you were there; you know what I’m talk’n bout.
For more than ten years now we’ve been hanging out and talk’n bout movies, especially the weird ones that none of our other friends or family seem to like or get. We been talk’n bout comic books and action figures, which seems to only become cool recently thanks to The Big Bang Theory, but we were already cool long before that. And now, even our days of vinyl hunting don’t seem so magical now that “Vinyl is back with a vengeances,” but it hasn’t stopped us from growing our collection anyway.
What else can I say man; it’s been really cool having you around for all these years. I hope to continue hanging out with you for many more.
It’s been so long since I’ve taken the time to let you know how blessed I am to have met you. I remember how much I used to be so annoyed by you and all your “cool” friends, but then one day… you were mine. I know how it happened, I was there, but it still seems so unbelievably amazing to me.
From the beginning, you have showered me with: food, laughter, culture, affection, attention, understanding, acceptance, and most of all, love. You see beauty in me when I don’t see it in myself, and you make others view me the way you do. I could be happy to sit alone with you in a room for days, but you won’t let me. You give me strength to go out into the world and interact with people. You make me look and feel good in so many ways. It’s the way you build me up and make others take notice of me when they normally wouldn’t; thank you for that.
Thank you for being with me through those years of maturing. I’ve shared so much with you, so much more than I ever have or will with anyone else. Mind, body, and soul, I am a strong and fulfilled woman for so many reasons, but one of the major ones is you. Everything I know about intimacy, respect in a relationship, and how to really “be” with someone, I’ve learned from loving you.
Every morning when I wake up, I’m glad to see your face, and every day when I come home, I look forward to your kiss. I hope this never ends. I hope to wake up next to you until the end of time.
If gratitude could be measured, or perhaps weighed, you’d find yourself only yards from Heaven and showered in gold. For everything you do for me I’d give you a gold coin, and for every sacrifice you make for me, you’d be catapulted that much closer Eternal Peace.
But let’s be practical about this, Mr. Thomas. One cannot do these things, but one can proclaim, acknowledge, and praise where praise is due. You turned your life over and accepted the mantle of husband, and a man of God, and far exceeded my expectations. You are not perfect, but:
You always take out the trash and attend to the yard when it’s needed.
You’re not a slob, and even if you were, you’d feel bad about it.
You actually look forward to spending time with me and talking with me.
You like to share life and daily experiences with me, from all those times you and I can’t be together.
You help out around the house, especially with laundry.
You take care of all the car stuff between you and me.
You actually know me well enough to pick things out for me because I don’t like to shop, and you will even go out and get things for me.
You like me just the way I am even if I’m not the prettiest girl in the room, and you’re always trying to protect me because you think some weirdo is staring at me ( Sometimes I think you’re right).
You take care of me through all my ailments, and though it’s so much more than you had imagined, you show care and nurturing effortlessly.
You know how to make me smile when I get sad for no reason, and you stick with me through all my dark spells.
You believe in my dreams, even though you don’t always know how to say so.
You work two jobs to help make our lives together more comfortable while I pursue my dreams.
You are not a demanding and needy man, unless you fall ill, but who isn’t then?
While you love and enjoy spending time with your friends, you honestly proclaim that I am your best friend.
Mr. Thomas, you have proven yourself above and beyond to be a good husband. Your methods put forth to show me love and affection have been so catered to my needs and desires, that it seems you could not have been made to love anyone else. I do not believe there is an exact or accurate way to properly express the amount a gratitude I have for you.
I am truly a blessed woman.
Eric “Stick” Thomas, I love you dearly and am eternally grateful to have you in my life.
Your adoring friend, lover, and wife,
Toinette “Toi” Thomas