While we cleaned up from dinner the other evening, Joel and I talked about this little blog of mine. He joked that I should write some more about him, providing only one stipulation: "Just make sure I'm the hero, okay?"
This request shouldn't be too hard to fulfill.
He changes diapers. He plays Tickle Monster with the girls with unflagging stamina. He reads children's books with excellent character voices. (You should hear his, Oh, who will tuck me in tonight? It'll move you to tears.) He taught Kerrington to high five. He taught Reese and Brooke to wrestle. (They now tackle friends who come over for play dates and have the ability to bring down unassuming children in the church nursery.) He got up from our warm bed last night when Brooke started yelling that she needed a Kleenex, even though a box of Kleenex was perched on the dresser directly beside her bed.
He landscapes yards with the best of them. He thinks in mathematical and conceptual ways that my verbal brand of intelligence can't sustain. He plays a mean game of tennis and racquetball, and he shows college students a thing or two on the golf course.
He now remembers to return videos to the Red Box. He changes the oil in our vehicles. He dreams big plans for our family.
He's really cute, too.
But the most heroic thing of this week? He used a vocabulary word that I've never used before.
In casual conversation, he whipped out the word parlay. Come on, now. The last time I heard this word was in Pirates of the Caribbean when Elizabeth Swann, cornered in her house by intruders, announced: "I invoke the right of parlay."
But no, he used the word in an entirely un-piratey fashion.
"Really, you've never used this word?" he asked as I shook my head no, clearly enjoying the moment. This would be like me computing the tip at a restaurant more quickly than him or figuring out how to do our taxes. Trust me, I'd revel, too.
We pulled the definition up online. (In case you were wondering, parlay means to use one's money, talent, or other assets to achieve a desired objective, as spectacular wealth or success.)
Clearly, I've parlayed all my assets to achieve this desired objective, this heroic husband of mine.