Sunday, March 17, 2013

10 reasons the birthday boy is awesome

Yes, can you believe it? The week my honey turns the big 5-0, this is the Monday Listicles topic of the week:

10 reasons my partner is awesome!

The young couple (Osaka, around 1988)
If you know Mike, you are aware that he loves to be the center of attention!

Before I met Mike in Japan, I had seen a counselor when I was in college. My college boyfriend--who had broken up with me--expressed interest in reconciling, and I was confused. My counselor asked me to make a list of the characteristics I was looking for in a man. Several years after I married Mike, I found that list again...and was amazed that he possessed every one of those characteristics...down to the fine details of spirituality, similar political beliefs and moral values, close to his family, sense of travel and adventure, and a great singing voice! The bottom line of that list--and why I decided not to reconcile with my college boyfriend--was SELF-CONFIDENCE. A person with true, healthy self-confidence doesn't need to make other people feel "less than"...and self-confidence supported many of the other characteristics. I also knew that I wanted a man who appreciated a strong woman--those are extremely hard to find! I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met him at the young age of 22, and I can't imagine a more perfect partner in life for me.

So here are just 10 of the reasons why he is so awesome:
My handsome groom at our wedding in 1990

1. He is truly kind and compassionate (even though he likes to pretend that he is a snob!)...to the elderly, homeless, underprivileged, and children. In spite of attending a posh British boarding school and being raised with an au pair, he is a true man of the people.

2. He has an outstanding wit and ability to be silly. The first time I met him, he read a funny, obscene Robert Burns poem.

3. He is extremely intelligent and wise. I have improved my vocabulary just by knowing him. He broadens my mind.

Mike with a young Chris and his Aunty Gena
 (he has always been so dedicated to his family)
4. He loves his family, community, and friends with an open, genuine heart, and expresses his affection freely. He is also an amazing dad!

5. He is upbeat, outgoing, gregarious, and social, even though he's actually an introvert (defined as needing to recharge on his own, which is why it works for him to be a stay-at-home dad).

Mike with the boys during "Banned Books Week"
6. He has a lovely English accent. I never get tired of listening to him!

7. He is a talented writer who will be famous one day, I'm sure of it! When I read his writing, I am delighted by his creativity and imagination. I prefer to stick with nonfiction myself! I don't know how he comes up with all of his ideas.

8. He is deeply spiritual and cares about social justice and equality for all of the world's inhabitants.

9. He loves to travel and explore new places and ideas. What better place to meet a fellow adventurer but in a foreign land?

Digging into birthday cake
 with his sister and sister-in-law
10. He brings joy and love to my life every day. Before we got married, we spent 3 months traveling through Asia together (and got engaged in India). If one can survive 24 hours/day with someone for 3 months and rarely squabble or tire of each other, you're set. In the past 26 years, I have never gotten tired of spending time with him.

Mike turns 50 on Thursday, March 21, and he also LOVES birthdays. So we are celebrating his birth week in a big way. His mum and sister-in-law arrived from Cambridge, England, last Thursday, and on Friday night our sister-in-law from Australia flew up from California on Friday to take us all out for dinner to celebrate. I am delighted to be able to honor my amazing husband in Monday Listicles this week. I cannot believe I got so lucky to find him in Japan and marry him!

I love you, sweetheart! Here's wishing the very best in the next 50 years of your life.

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27 comments:

  1. These days I feel like hardly anyone values good old-fashioned kindness. You're lucky that you have the good sense to see it for the valuable trait that it is.

    All that and an accent!

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    1. Yes, you are right about that, Robin!

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  2. I love that you found your list years later and that you had married your perfect man, even on paper.
    What a wonderful birthday gift your Listicle is! Ellen

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    1. Yes--it was a delightful surprise! Now if I could just remember where I put that list...someday I will be delightfully surprised to discover it again!

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  3. Awww, what a fantastic list in every way! Happy Birthday to your hubby! :)-The Dose Girls

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  4. You're so right that people who are self confident don't need to make others feel "less than." I hope we'll get to read one of his books one day! And happy birthday to your husband.

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    1. Thank you Kristi--it was definitely an epiphany for me as a young woman of 21.

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  5. Happy early birthday to Mike! I think he should wear the teal cummerbund and bowtie from your wedding day on his birthday :)

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    1. Thank you Dana. Excellent idea. I will suggest it! (Too bad it was a rental.)

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  6. What a fun week to celebrate Mike! He sounds like a wonderful guy. I enjoyed the story about your list of qualities you wanted in a husband.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, he is a wonderful guy. :)

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  7. I love stories like yours! There is a reason that Disney exists. I truly believe finding your Prince Charming is absolutely possible! Cheers to 50 more years!!

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    1. Thank you Ducky! Yes, I am still shocked that I found him in such a faraway land and such a young age.

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  8. Happy birthday to your husband! He sounds like a fantastic guy!

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. I am very lucky!

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  9. Oh wow - happy pre-birthday to your husband.

    What a nice tribute to him and your relationship. He sounds like a fun, creative fella.

    I feel the same way about my guy - we truly enjoy being in each others company.

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    1. Thank you Yona. I love learning about other people's happy marriages too.

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  10. That is so awesome, and I am just a tad jealous! Wish him a happy birthday from me :-)

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    1. Thank you Jen! Well, he's not perfect of course, but I am very happy to have him.

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  11. Sounds like a great catch. Nice list!!

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  12. I love the picture of the two of you at the end. I love that you never get tired of spending time together. Happy birthday to your awesome husband!

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    1. Thank you Stacey! I appreciate it!

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  13. Ahhhh, how sweet! And how fortunate you were to find each other. Consider yourself truly blessed from someone past 50 who is still looking for my mate. Haven't given up! Mike sounds like a lovely, fun man.

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