Thanks Joan. You know that gratitude I wrote about? When I think back, I realize my wife was beyond generous in letting me spend all that time in the garage building boats.
At the time I worked a second shift. Every morning I would watch the kids until about 10AM then take them to the babysitter and go to work. She would pick them up at 4:30, feed them dinner, read books to them, maybe take them to the pool for a swim and finally put them to bed around 9:00 PM.
I’d get home sometime between 6:00 and 10:00 PM, grab a quick bite and run out to the garage. My wife never complained. We had a fantastic relationship. She was my very best friend and biggest cheerleader. But I know, I took her for granted, even if all that was returned later when she became ill.
Being able to see my marriage from this standpoint just highlights how lucky I’ve been in this life. I may have lost my “person” but what she gave me, both in the time she was here, and afterwards, is priceless and irreplaceable.