15 Things that Prove My Husband Loves Me

| September 20, 2017


Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.  While my facebook post is the most accurate way to describe it –


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-the fact is, we’re together after 15 years, and happy to be in this place despite all the hard freaking work that goes into a marriage.  But I’m not going to tell you about that.  I’m just going to show you how much Paul loves me:

1. When we go on a road trip and my navigation causes a multiple-reroute situation like this, Paul does not leave me on the side of the road.

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2. When I, a grown woman, sit giddily on Santa’s lap, Paul does not pretend that he does not know me.

macy's santa

3.  Even though he thinks scrapple is the grossest thing ever, Paul still takes me to a diner so he can watch me wolf it down like I just got off an island on Survivor:


4. When I begged, and begged, and begged for Paul to veer off of the highway to visit the Spam Museum, he veered off the highway to visit the Spam Museum…

hormel pork packer wagon

5.  …and then wore matching Spam T-shirts with me.

spam t-shirts, butch cassidy,

6. When I begged to ride camels to the pyramids, Paul climbed up on a camel.


7. When I begged, and Begged, and BEGGED, Paul drove way out of our way to Astoria, Oregon, where Goonies was filmed; then he took a picture of me pretending to line a doubloon up with the rocks, and didn’t throw me into the ocean and leave me for dead.

goonies camera lens cap

8.  When friends and I concocted a plan to shove 8 people–4 adults, 3 kids, and a baby–into a van and drive across Europe, he did not leave seven of us in Hastings and drive back to Germany in silence.


9.  When I wanted to go try marijuana before I turned 40, Paul took me to Amsterdam and, while he himself could not partake, he babysat me and did not leave me in the middle of the street when I tripped and landed in a bike lane.

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10.  When I had a mid-life crisis and wanted to drive to and from Philly for weekend Flyers games, he did not run me over with a zamboni.

paul kari sequoia flyers game photobomb

11.  When my child turned five and I said, “Let’s have her birthday party on a pirate ship!” he said, “that’s a bit unnecessary,” but stood by while I threw a party on a pirate ship, and didn’t throw me overboard.

pirate bday

12.  When I ask him to smile for a picture, he smiles.

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13.  When we go to the beach and I collect shells and rocks and then he notices that the suitcase is 50 lb heavier than when we left, he does not hurl the suitcase at my face.

sifting shells

14.  When I bought decades-old a hat filled with pins and then said, “Let’s go everywhere whoever owned this hat went,” Paul agreed, and then he didn’t leave me in any of those places.

sgh some guy's hat in inzell germany bavaria

15. He still grabs my butt.  Like, every chance he gets.

paul las brisas butt kari




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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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