Last week I mentioned that one of my goals this year is to re-read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read when it comes to food and health. I have checked it out of the library before, so once again I went online and put it on hold. If you remember, I mentioned having it on my “wish list” at PaperBackSwap, but since I’m behind 594 other people, I think you could safely say that it will be awhile before I get it.
On Monday night, my husband got home from work just in time for us all to get in the car together and drive to a service at church. He literally got out of his truck, walked into the house to put his lap top bag down, then came back out and got in the car. Being the perceptive person that I am, I noticed that he had a bag in his hand; of course I had to ask what was in it. Once we backed out of the driveway, he handed it to me.
Can you guess what it was?? Yes, in the Barnes & Noble bag was my very own copy of In Defense of Food! I was so surprised and grateful (from the backseat, our daughters requested that I not be so “mushy!”)
I share this story for a reason. What my husband did for me was not a huge deal financially. What made his act so special and the reason I will treasure the book, more for the memory it recalls than the information it contains, is that it shows that he thinks about me and took his time to get me something that he knew I desired. It was the thoughtfulness behind the gesture that brought tears to my eyes.
I want to be like him. I want to pay attention to the little things, to listen to him, to find out what I can do to make his life easier, to make him happy. Keeping our marriage growing by loving one another through little acts of kindness is a goal I have for this year and always.