“I am a full-time firefighter/EMT and my wife is a nurse. So, with our crazy schedules, it’s hard to get time together. We have a 2-year-old daughter together and I have 2 boys also. I had just gotten off a 36-hour shift at the firehouse. I came home Sunday morning, exhausted from work, to my wife telling me about her dream. I had cheated on her. She was visibly upset about the dream she had. Knowing I would never do those things in real life, she explained to me what had happened.
After hearing about the dream she had, I got my daughter up and we ate breakfast together like we always do when I get home after a long shift, which consists of 24 hours or more at times. As we were getting ready for church, I could tell she was still upset about the experience. So, after church, I went shopping with my daughter. While we were out, I passed by a flower shop. I decided to get my wife some roses to brighten up her day. I took them home and wrote a little note on a piece of paper I found in the kitchen. I wanted her to feel loved and also bring light and humor to the situation, knowing my wife would enjoy the flowers and be able to laugh about it after the fact.
In our marriage and while we were dating, it has always been important for me to show love always, not just on special occasions, and of course make her laugh. Any woman can get flowers on Valentine’s Day or a birthday. I’ve always been the type to get flowers not only on those special occasions but also on a random Tuesday or whenever the mood struck me. This makes them so much more valuable. You don’t always have to get the most expensive things. A simple, kind, thoughtful gesture is more meaningful in my opinion. I always want my wife to feel loved and appreciated every day of the week, not just around certain holidays. We feel as a family setting good examples for our children is very important. When my sons sees how I treat my wife, I hope when they grow older they will also treat their girlfriends and wives the same as they saw me do while they were growing up. Also, in the same respect, when our daughter grows up she will also see how her mother was treated and hopefully she will not settle for anything less in life.
If I would want anyone to take something away from this post, it’s that you don’t have to get the most expensive things. You don’t have to have the nicest material items in the world. As long as you love one another unconditionally, that’s all that matters. A lot of people can go out and spend all kinds of money on things, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if you are unhappy in life. But I bet you if you go out and get your significant other a $10 bouquet of flowers on a random day or a couple dollar boxes of candy, you’ll see her light up like you’ve never seen before. Appreciate the small things in life because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what car you drive or how big your house is. All that matters is the love you share within that house. When you lay in bed at night, you’ll sleep much better knowing you loved with all you have.”
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