My daughter’s significant other is a swell guy. She did a good job in selecting a partner who is not only intelligent, but fun too. He has a way of explaining ideas, rules, theories, and stories that make them not only easy to understand, but enjoyable to boot. For instance, I’d rather eat raw liver than dabble in college math but I had to do it to earn my degree. Both my daughter and her partner willingly helped me through the dark days with their freakish love of all things mathematic. As I sat staring at squiggles that are supposed to mean something, my daughter’s guy would magically help me bridge the void. I passed my classes in no small part to their support.
They’ve been together for five years and I’ve yet to see him undone about anything. When faced with stressful situations he somehow thinks them through and adjusts rather than melting into a frustrated mass. It’s refreshing. He also opens the car door for my daughter…an old school gentleman trait my husband lavishes on me. Gotta love thoughtfulness in a guy.
As mentioned in a fresh blog, we spent last week at a resort in Wisconsin. My daughter and her boytoy were two members of our group, and truly helped make the vacation a vacation. One night we were playing four-handed cribbage and chatting about something or other…like solving the world’s problems. My daughter’s guy cocked his head and said, “The thing about you, Gail, is that you try to leave a place better than you found it.” His statement startled me a bit because I certainly don’t see myself as that person. And yet hearing him say it meant a great deal to me. I did mention he was intelligent, didn’t I? His kind words were the best part of my day.