Throughout our lives we meet many women who influence our lives in a positive way. This support has helped us become the people we are today, with the skills, passions, and creativity that are displayed in our woodworking projects. Who are the women in your life who have been there for you along your path?
The words above appeared in our latest newsletter, May 7, 2009, and it set me to thinking.
The one woman who has had the greatest, best influence and the one who’s been there all along the way is my dear one, my partner for life, the one who matters the most, Marge, my wife of 48 years.
I’m not the completely self motivated sort. I tend to respond to challenges. I don’t necessarily mean the life-altering disasters that change your course forever. I mean the sort of thing like, “Hon, I think it would be nice if we had a real library in this room. What do you think?”
Now, I do like it when SWBMT (She Who Buys Me Tools) asks right out: “Would you build me a cabinet for my sewing machine?”
But the sort of sideways, almost not directed to me, sly sort of inference seems to get my attention. We guys sometimes fail to listen at all times. Of course, our lovely wives ALWAYS pay attention to what we say!
So, she has provided some of the greatest incentives in my whole life, to reach out for greater accomplishments, to acquire greater skill, to learn new things, to be a better person.
And I’m grateful beyond words.
Now, she doesn’t push, nag or demand. That’s not the sort of thing that inspires me. In fact she’s been known to wait for literally years for something. And when I finally get to it she never says, “Well! It’s about time!”, even though she’d be perfectly justified.
That’s nice, isn’t it?
So in response to the question above, I say without hesitation, only one woman qualifies.
My sweetheart, Marjorie.
Here’s to you my love!
With all my heart,
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