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My husband and I have been together for a long, long, long time. 23 years, to be exact. Yep, I know I don’t look a day over 28, but it’s true. And, after being with him this long, I’ve definitely discovered that I cannot live without him. He’s intelligent, thoughtful and handsome (plus he brings home the bacon!), but the real reasons I can’t live without him are so much more profound, I just had to share.
The Real Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Husband
Before I continue, I have to tell you that this post was inspired by a new video from the Holderness Family called, “Why I Can’t Live Without You.” They’re back with this fun song, in partnership with Protective Life. The video, much like this post, totally pokes fun at how couples share their duties, but it’s not meant to be derogatory in any way. It could literally be our marriage anthem and it absolutely is “a love song for real life.” It got me thinking about all the reasons why I’d be lost without my husband. So, without further adieu, here they are:
- Without him, my kids would never have a decent meal. I cook because he likes to eat and chicken nuggets and fries will not get the job done. They’d likely starve if he wasn’t around.
- Someone has to change the light bulbs and the tallest guy wins.
- I think the “E” on the gas tank means I’ll run out of gas eventually, and I’m always sure there are a few miles left. Needless to say, he’s had to rescue me a time or two.
- I’d have no one to make last minute grocery store runs if he wasn’t around. I’m always missing something when I start cooking and there’s no way I can stop once I’ve started.
- I don’t think I should have to do anything that could possibly require gloves–including, but not limited to, yard work, digging into the disposal, dealing with chemicals or even taking out the trash.
- Without him, the kids would never ride anything that speeds, twists, turns or leaves the ground in any way. As far as I’m concerned, amusement parks are for eating and souvenir shopping.
- He is the designated dropper-offer, picker-upper and road trip driver. Long car trips equal sleep for me and short ones to drive kids around are pretty much unnecessary, in my opinion.
- He’s the only one with arms long enough to take family selfies!
- The kids would never do anything outside. I am the indoor parent and I wear that badge proudly.
- I never know how to get anywhere. Before the days of GPS, I couldn’t drive anywhere without his help. (Yep, I got lost A LOT.)
Of course, I say all of that tongue-in-cheek and the hubs is an incredibly good sport. Like this post, the Holderness video is a fun look at the ebb and flow of marriage responsibilities and you have got to watch it! Before you do, though, check out these ways we can say thanks for all the things our spouses do that we don’t want to do!
Ways to Say Thanks to Your Spouse
- Actually say, “thanks.” Use the word and use it often.
- Speak his/her love language. I love kind words and gifts. He loves time and service. I can say thanks by giving him my time and feeding him. If you’ve never read that book, it’s worth a read.
- Give him some time off. It’s hard to give him a break on the honey-do’s, but it’s totally necessary every now and then.
- Remember it’s a partnership and work hard to always maintain balance.
That last one is key. So, here’s to you acknowledging the real reason you can’t live without your spouse and remembering to say thanks. While you’re at, check out the Holderness video together and dig deeper into Protective Life’s #LoveAndProtect initiative. I’d also highly recommend you read the post on Navigating Your Way to the Life Insurance You’ll Need (you’ll thank me).
Now, I’m curious: What are the real reasons you can’t live without your spouse? Let’s chat about it in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.