Sunday, June 04, 2006

A Romantic?

That’s how Carol describes me to her friends.

Well, maybe I am.

Hey, don’t go thinking I’m a wuss! I like action flicks and suspense novels as much as the next man. I drink beer and belch. I’m mechanically inclined and can fix most anything that’s broken (just ask Carol or my daughters). In fact, I’ve put several cars that were “totaled” by BOTH my daughters back on the road in good shape and insurable.

Hell, I’m a former Navy jet fighter pilot with over 250 logged carrier cat shots and arrested landings! (Think Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.”) A wuss? I don’t THINK so!

But I’m also a sucker for chick flicks. “Sleepless in Seattle” gets to me every time. I’m so in love with my wife of 38 years I can’t see straight. And yeah, I wrote a Romance novel (though strictly speaking it’s not a true genre Romance) and now I’m working on a romantic suspense thriller.

What’s in a name, anyway? Romantic? Sure. Macho? Sometimes.

So, yeah, I tell people I’m still in love with my first wife. (Of course, she’s also my ONLY wife!) When they ask how long we’ve been married I tell them, “Not long enough.” (And it’s not just a joke; it’s the truth.)

Do I really get “points” for that? No.

But it doesn’t hurt our relationship any, because she knows that how I really feel!

If it doesn’t work for you... Well, too bad.

It works for me and Carol.


Nankin said...

Everyone should be so fortunat to have a romantic in their lives like you.

No, I don't htink you're a wuss. Just a man who knows what counts.


Trish said...

I've been lurking on your blog for the past few months, and have to admitt--you make the perfect romantic hero.

Alpha when it counts.
Romantic when it counts.
Mechanical when its needed.
And lets not forget funny.

The humor makes your blog a joy to visit. You're not the only lucky one in this relationship, John-- your wife and daughters are just as lucky.


Anonymous said...

Oh wow, that is sooo sweet! *sob*

Miss Cellania said...

Romantic and wuss are not synonyms. You've got a good thing going, and Carol is lucky for it. You should HEAR the awful things some women say about their husbands!

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kenju said...

Theresa said it best. Your wife is lucky, but I think she knows that.

Anonymous said...

A romantic beer drinking belcher ! My kind of romance.

I have noticed reading though the last 8 days while I have been away that you have had no new "C" phenomenons. I also haven't had any odd dreams. Coincidence ?

Emmy Ellis said...

Robot! SHH about the C's!

Awww, this post was very sweet. Especially still being in love with your wife so much you can't see straight. So lovely. I bet she feels the same about you.


Karyn Lyndon said...

You seem to be feeling particularly emotional...why don't you write Carol a poem?

Monica said...

this question is for Carol. Does he have a brother? A cousin? I'm really a very nice person, raised the kids right and everything.

So, does he have a brother? A cousin?