Last night The Warlock and I celebrated our ninth anniversary. The Warlock, to make up for all the eating out that he does without me (for work), made a reservation at Brennans, a very nice restaurant in downtown Houston. I haven't enjoyed eating out in a very long time, but last night, I loved it. The food was great, the company was great, the atmosphere was great, and our waiter said thank you (2 of my most favorite words) several times. Governor Pataki (of New York) even made an appearance.
Anyway, onto my list:
1- The Warlock is a talker. I am a listener. This works out perfectly, and really I can listen to him for hours. He's a brilliant thinker with a mind that processes about twice as fast as mine, and I always learn interesting things when we converse.
2- He has quite strong opinions. And his opinions make sense. But I can change them (sometimes).
3- The Warlock loves music and he knows about it. His tastes differ quite a bit from mine, so I'm grateful to him for introducing me to the world of Classic Rock. He also has a good sense about which songs I can tolerate out of his Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games. The Warlock has a great voice, and it's a pleasure to sing hymns next to him in church.
4- The Warlock has a good heart. He always wants to do things for people. He loves giving money to people and charities.
5- The Warlock really respects our kids. He's a natural teacher and is not afraid of explaining difficult concepts to Pippi. Her soccer games (and other activities) are very important to him, and he dreams of the day when he will be able to coach.
6- The Warlock loves the out-outdoors. He likes the backcountry best, where there are few people. He's a backpacking equipment junkie (Pippi even has a pack), I think to help him dream of the isolation that he gets when backpacking in the desert.
7- The Warlock says he doesn't like other people's kids, but this is not true. He loves ALL kids. He just doesn't like babysitting. He really likes teenagers, which don't require babysitting.
8- The Warlock loves to read. His profession requires a lot of (boring, to me) reading, but still, the Warlock goes to bed with a book, usually the Lord of the Rings. He enjoys fine literature, but NOT Jane Austen.
9- The Warlock likes to shop. He likes to buy things for me. What woman wouldn't love this? He finds it hard to deny me anything. Luckily, I have the sense to not make demands that would push him (or our finances) over the edge.
10-I adore this man. He holds me when I cry. He laughs at me when I take myself too seriously. He teaches me when I need to know. He loves me, and I am SO lucky.