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Moments for (a wife!) February 2003


By Elisabeth Corcoran


I'm going to take you on a little tangent this month, ladies. We're going to talk about the men in our lives seeing as it is the month of love (according to Hallmark, at least).

I don't know about you - but laughter is hugely important to me. I love to laugh...and my husband, Kevin, in his unique way, makes me laugh harder than anyone else can. (Definitely one of the reasons I married him...)

The other day, I told my husband, Kevin, that I wanted him to come up with a nickname for me. Something other than honey or Beth. Something that meant something to both of us. And something that was actually nice. I explained to him that two of our couple friends' husbands have nicknames for their wives and I thought it was really sweet. He sighed, rolled his eyes, and said, `You're kidding me, right?' But he started throwing some out nevertheless.

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`Toots?' Um, no. I'm looking for a tad more personal, please.

`Slim?' Why? `Because you're slim.' That's sweet...but no.

`Winnie?' Winnie?! `You say, `I win' a lot.' No I don't...so no.

`Blackie?' What? `You look good in black?', he said with a bit of a question, his weariness showing, his creativity waning. Again, thank you, but no.

`Peri?' Why Peri? `Your favorite color is periwinkle.' No...no it's not. I actually dislike periwinkle. (By this time, I'm beginning to wane...)

Til he tossed out his final offering, and quite confidently I must add, `7.' 7? Are you kidding me? Why? `It's your favorite number.' No it's not, I said with a sigh of resignation. `Well, what's your favorite number then?' 63. '63?! Whose favorite number is 63?! And who calls anyone 63?!' No one calls anyone by their favorite number!

Sigh.

So 7 it is.

Just a peek into our goofy life. And there's only one reason I gave you this glimpse...because I want to encourage you to laugh, to find the idiosyncrasies in your relationship that make it so unique, to remind you that your lives are so intertwined that the bond is unbreakable, to remind you that you have a history and a present and a future together...and to remind you that all of this is a gift from God. Happy Valentine's Day, ladies!


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© Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Elisabeth Corcoran is the author of "In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (2005)" and "Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (2001)". She is wife to Kevin, and mom to Sara, 11-&-1/2, and Jack, 10. Her passion is encouraging women and the Church, and applying her gifts to eradicating global poverty, as well as local and global AIDS, one small step at a time, which she hopes to fulfill through her writing and speaking, and her connection with Open Door Clinic in the Fox Valley area and her church's partnership in Bo, Sierra Leone. You can learn more about Elisabeth and her ministry at elisabethcorcoran.com.

 

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