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12 Reasons Why My Wife Is Awesome

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Guest blogger Paul Starke: It's my lovely wife's birthday this week, and -- wouldn't you know it -- I haven't bought her a gift yet.

paul starke and his son

I was thinking about getting her a gift card to "Dave & Buster's," but something tells me that might not go over so well. I was stumped. Then I thought -- "Hey, I don't have a topic for this week's Daddy Dozen!" So I've decided to kill two birds with one stone, and as a birthday gift to Melissa, I present "The 12 Reasons Why My Wife is Awesome." Happy birthday, honey!

1. She carried that thing inside her for 9 months: No, that "thing" isn't thinly veiled contempt for me, but our beautiful son, Luke. I carry him for 10 minutes before strapping him in the bouncy seat. I don't know how she does it.

2. She's American, I'm Canadian: Hello, Green Card!

3. She lets me watch football on Sundays instead of going to the flea market: Except for last week. And the week before that.

4. She gave my son incredible blue eyes: Hopefully, he won't inherit my poor posture and gum disease.

5. Her family lives 400 miles away: Granted, I love her family, but the geography makes the pop-in in-law visit impossible.

6. She gets up in the middle of the night to feed the baby while I pretend not to hear him crying, and keep fake sleeping. I don't think I'm fooling anyone, but she seems to tolerate it.

7. She wrote all our thank-you notes: Even to my friends and colleagues. How great is she?

8. She makes up adorable baby songs: She has a great one about a bear named Gerald. She puts the Wiggles and the Doodlebops to shame.

9. She has incredibly low standards when it comes to husbands: See number 1 and 4

10. She puts up with my nonsense: See numbers 1-9

11. She knows it's the thought that counts: Isn't a blog entry a much better gift than flowers, jewelry or a vacation?

12. Her smile is the first thing I see every morning: As long as I see that, I know it'll be a great day. Unless we have to go to the flea market.

Paul StarkePaul Starke is an Emmy-winning TV producer, and a co-writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller, An Inconvenient Book.

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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
Amy September 19, 2008, 12:48 PM

I love #6, I think you admitting that will be a Birthday gift in its-self.

mary September 19, 2008, 1:11 PM

this is such a nice thing. I would love to have my husband put some thought into a gift not just hand me cash or a gift card. Its really nice sometimes to know how some one really views you and all the good things he sees in you. I hope she loves it.

Linney5680 September 19, 2008, 3:01 PM

love it!! too funny! hard to pick a favorite, they are all great.

Jewlie September 19, 2008, 6:12 PM

Great list! However, I think you should also give her a day off to herself for her Birthday. Every Mom deserves a little time to herself, even just to grocery shop!

Me! September 20, 2008, 12:37 AM

So nice and thoughtful she’l love this adn gorgeous baby! Yeah give her the day off too.

praying4baby#2 September 21, 2008, 2:53 PM


JamericanSpice October 4, 2009, 1:08 PM

Seriously adorable. I would love to see something like this written about me. :)

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