I woke up in the middle of the night completely surrounded and enveloped in love. I was sleeping on my back and awoke with Jeff’s head resting on my shoulder, his arm around my waist, Meggy was on top of my chest, with her face as close to Jeff’s as possible without actually touching his chin, and Patches was snuggled up at my side. Thankfully the weather has cooled down enough that I could appreciate the love without wanting them all to get away. I laid there for a few minutes and just basked in what is my life, let me just tell you its pretty darn good, this life. I’m so grateful, so very grateful.
Because I do the writing on this blog, the word I gets used most often, however; don’t let that be a distraction from the Two part of Two Frog Home. Everything that happens around is here is very much a “we” thing, a team effort. While we each have individual chores, tasks, and hobbies (I do the cooking and enjoy sewing, Jeff does the auto repair and enjoys 8-ball), we feed off of and help each other constantly. I am the Kathie (or the Katie as Jeff calls me) that I’ve become because of Jeff and his unconditional love for me.
I don’t happen to believe that women need to be married or even in a relationship, I believe that we are all sufficient without being a part of a couple (the same applies to men). I will say, however; that I am so much better because of my relationship with Jeff. He grounds me, gives me purpose and meaning, while supporting, encouraging, and sometimes curtailing me. I think that’s what family is supposed to be, and I can’t imagine my life without Jeff as my family.
I’ve become the me, I’ve always wanted to be (more or less – there’s always new journeys and improvements to be made). I don’t live in the perfect, unblemished world that my dreams tend to dwell in, however; I can’t imagine a better way to live and love. As a teenager or young woman in my early 20s, there was no way I would have been able to predict what has become my life (thank goodness) or how one man could so easily change it. The truly amazing part is that, that man, my Jeff, didn’t want to change my life, he simply encouraged me to just be, be who I am without any reservations or hesitations.
So, for all those times when I use the word I, know that I wouldn’t be writing this blog if not for the other frog, my Jeff. Proper credit where credit is due.
Thank you Jeff, you are the love of my life.