My wife

My wife, Tiffany, is hav­ing a birth­day today. It’s been a hell of a year, for a lot of rea­sons, most­ly good, but you know how rea­sons are, lots of gray in with the black and white. So on the occa­sion of her birth­day, I want­ed to remind her that I love her.

She is my best friend, the one I tell all the secrets to. We share the looks that mean this, the tilt of the head that means that, the ancient jokes, the life­time friends, the his­to­ry, the tears, the uncon­trol­lable gig­gling, the cold nights, the despair, and the heights of joy. We have the first house we owned togeth­er. We have the first dog we loved togeth­er. We have reams of old emails, and years of old texts. We have the books we love togeth­er, and too many sea­sons of guilty plea­sure TV. We have those things that we have knit togeth­er into our life, togeth­er. She is my lover. I know her, until I find new depths to won­der at, new resolve to envy, new whim­sy to dance with, and then I want to get to know her all over again. I am amazed by her, her strength even when she doubts, her love even when she hurts, her com­pas­sion even when she is tired. There is noth­ing I desire that she does not embody. There is no oth­er dance part­ner I fit. I am drawn to her, as to noth­ing else.

She is my part­ner. When I floun­der, she is there for me, some­times with a ten­der ges­ture, some­times with a kick in the ass. When there’s blood, she han­dles it. When some­thing smells bad, I return the favor. When I need to work, she shoul­ders the load. When she has one of those days, I want noth­ing more than to take it from her, that she can just enjoy what she loves. I would not have lived this life as well with­out her. I would not be who I am were she not here. I am in her debt, for all that she has made me.

She is the moth­er of my chil­dren. There is noth­ing more fright­en­ing than pluck­ing your heart out and watch­ing it walk around, play soc­cer, surf the inter­net, make friends, laugh, and cry. She is there for them, she is their friend, their part­ner, their love, their guide, their teacher. They would have half a life, if she were not there for them. I am a bet­ter father for her being their moth­er.

She is her­self. Incred­i­bly strong, but not with­out doubts. Con­fi­dent­ly com­pe­tent, but not with­out mis­takes. Com­pas­sion­ate­ly lov­ing, but not with­out needs. Curi­ous, but stead­fast. Com­plex, but forth­right. Beau­ti­ful, but intri­cate. Fun­ny, but sen­si­tive. Crass, but gen­tle. She is her­self, and noth­ing else.

She makes me cry when I think about her too much, because she is my every­thing.

Sweet­ie, I love you.

If I knew then what I know now…

From the “too per­fect to be real” pro­files at the back of Real Sim­ple comes this open end­ed ques­tion: If I knew then what I know now…

Here’s my answer.

If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been so wor­ried about meet­ing the per­fect girl. I know, kin­da cliche. But when I look back on my life, some of the regret, most of the angst, and all of the cry­ing revolves around women not lov­ing me. I had a won­der­ful rela­tion­ship with a girl in col­lege (Hi, Helen!) but when we went our sep­a­rate ways, it was over love. I was stu­pid then (not that I’m not now), I was a mess in high school, I fum­bled a cou­ple of rela­tion­ships after col­lege, you should read my diary from then (check that, you shouldn’t) and then, out of the blue, there she was. My lover, my wife, my part­ner, the moth­er of my chil­dren. The per­fect girl. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s not per­fect, but I’ll always tell you that she’s per­fect for me.

If you knew then what you know now…

I Love You, Sweetie

Last week, some­body found this site by search­ing for Tiffany Novo. Sure, it’s beau­ti­ful, engag­ing, smart, and pret­ty much price­less, but it can’t hold a can­dle to the real thing ((My wife, Tiffany, whose last name isn’t actu­al­ly Novo)).

I’m the luck­i­est man I know, and I’d like to wish the love of my life a hap­py Valentine’s Day.