35 Reasons

A while back Maggie at Mighty Girl did 40 reasons to love Bryan on his birthday. How can I not steal that idea?

In no particular order, 35 reasons (one for each year, old man) I love you, Mike. Happy Birthday!

  1. You’re so smart and you have high standards for many things in your life.
  2. You like to watch cartoons and have very strong opinions on which are the good ones.
  3. You make sure to call your mom at least once a week.
  4. You love my family and my friends.
  5. You make the best eggs and bacon and toast and you pour me too much orange juice.
  6. You do funny voices and sound effects. Your Tony the Tiger is spot-on. You just popped your head into the office and said “Hark, who goes there?”
  7. You cook (very well), and do dishes, and laundry, also very well. You get excited about having people over to eat and what we can make that will be yummy.
  8. You’re as comfortable chatting with a farmer client as you were with that pretty gay man next to us on the flight back from Vegas. You’re fascinated by opinions and lifestyles and viewpoints other than your own. You’re open-minded and yet cynical.
  9. How much you love football, and that you make an effort to help me grasp the fundamentals.
  10. You like things to be perpendicular or parallel to one another.
  11. You’re brave to have observed the world around you and then changed your opinions and attitudes about the political beliefs and world views that you grew up with.
  12. You’re quick to agree to disagree.
  13. You love the aspects of your job that help you help people, and you despise the aspects that you can’t control and are unfair to people.
  14. You will be a good dad.
  15. You love the dog too, even the rare times he’s naughty and infuriates you.
  16. You’re patient about most things.
  17. I think you saw me writing this but you didn’t say anything and you’ll probably forget you saw it by the time I post it.
  18. You make me laugh, and you think I’m funny too.
  19. You ask me if the clothes you’re going to wear match.
  20. You think too much. Sometimes way too much.
  21. You dig holes in the yard for me and transplant roses and let me convince you to try not using bad chemicals on the lawn even though you’d prefer the easy way.
  22. You’re a morning person. You work before you go to work and when you come home from work, and you relish efficiency.
  23. When I master the obvious and say, I know, I’m a GENIUS, you look at me very seriously and say, Yes, yes you are.
  24. You let me talk you into getting married in the church, and don’t even think about teasing or even noting that I’m now so over all that.
  25. You bring me eternal glasses of water and that time on Triangle you brought me cookies in bed.
  26. You let me lean on you and doze while we watch endless TV.
  27. You’ll either fix it or you know someone who will, and you kill spiders.
  28. You love to learn. You love history and being informed and watching PBS.
  29. When I’m angry you try to distract me.
  30. I can look at you and see the little boy you were. You love to swim, and you think farts are hilarious.
  31. I can see how funny our kids will be.
  32. You like to read.
  33. You learned to appreciate wine with me.
  34. You now eat tomatoes.
  35. You will never eat onions.
  36. Oops, one to grow on. This wasn’t a hard list to make. I started it months ago, but it didn’t even take an hour. You do things like this for no reason other than the pure unadulterated joy of amusing ourselves.



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4 thoughts on “35 Reasons

  1. JayBee* says:

    i love this. totally got teary. i hope to make a list like this someday. i hope to be as blissfully happy and in love as you two so obviously seem to me. happy birthday mike

  2. Aww, you're sweet. You shall!But don't let me give a false impression – we could both surely write lists of 35 things the other does that get on each of our last nerves! Every day ain't a birthday party…unfortunately! Haha.

  3. Amanda says:

    So glad I popped over to read this!

  4. I am glad you did, too! Thanks, Amanda.

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