My husband never ceases to amaze me. One of the things that I appreciate most about him is his ability to be calm and logical under pressure. There is a story that we love to re-tell from when we were in college and going on a middle of the night KrispyKreme donut run. Our good friend Nate was driving (the car that he had affectionately named Elvira) and Lowell, myself and two other friends were with him. We were excitedly headed toward our destination of fresh-out-of-the-oven doughnuts when we entered an intersection... And the car suddenly, completely, died. In the middle of the road. 4 sets of eyes all turned to Lowell and Nate frantically spoke the words on all of our minds -- "What do I do?" Lowell, calm as a cucumber said, "Try to start it." His first instinct was to get us out of the intersection and out of harms way. Logical and calm. The car started right up and never had that problem again.
This morning, I was in a little bit of a panic. Back story: I have a Jetta with the automatic door lock key fob. You know, the little black thing on the keychain where you can unlock or lock the doors. That's how I get in my car.
Anyway, I left my cell phone in the car purposely because the battery was about to die and I didn't want to use the phone while I went in Walgreens. I came out of the store only to discover that the lock option was fully functional on my key fob but the unlock button was inconveniently NOT working!!! What am I going to do? How do I get in my car? I can't even call Lowell to tell him I'm stuck!!
I did open the trunk, (that button on the key fob was also functional) and try to unlock the rear seats to climb into the car that way, but I couldn't get the seats to fold down... So I went back into Walgreens and asked to use their phone. Lowell answered and I explained my situation.
My expectation was that he would be frustrated because these little key thingy-ma-bobbers are not cheap.
Instead, he said "Use the key."
Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind!!! I have NEVER used the actual key to get into my car because I have the neat little button that lets me in.
Lowell, however, was not stumped. He was logical and calm. And very helpful!
In light of my often very emotional responses to life, it is soooo reassuring to know that he is there to balance me out. And bring me back to reality.
He's my match. :)
Almost like it was meant to be.... :)