My husband and I met 10 years ago at work. The funny part is, when I was in the lobby waiting for my interview, he passed by. Long after we were together. I found out he had told a co-worker he thought I looked stuck up the first time that he saw me. We still joke about that to this day, as that couldn’t be farther from the truth. After a few months of our working together, we started talking on the phone at night, hanging out outside of the office and before we knew it…we were a couple (I guess I wasn’t stuck up after all!).
I love many things about my husband. I love his sense of humor. I love his compassion. I love how he can make me smile after having a bad day. The list goes on and on. Out of all the attributes I love about him, the thing I love most is that he loves and accepts me 100%, disability and all. He accepts me so much that I often times have to remind him that I do have physical limitations. His answer? “Oops, I forgot.”
There have been many times when he and I were out together and he would head towards a curb with no ramp or an escalator instead of an elevator, or he tries to squeeze through a tight crowd of people. Or at home when he asks for an extra hand with raking leaves into a bag, or reaching an item from the back of the refrigerator. I physically cannot do any of these things. However, in his mind, I have no limitation, and that is where the “Oops, I forgot” comes in to play.
It is this kind of fully accepting love that reminds me each and every day how blessed I am to have him in my life as a husband, a friend and a soul mate. Whether you have a disability or not, isn’t that what we all are looking for? Unconditional love, and to hear your loved one say, “Oops, I forgot.”
–By Jamie from I Look Good Today
This is such a great post! I'm getting married next year and I hope we feel like this in 10 years. Congrats on finding a good one!
This was such a sweet read! It made me cry…
Thank you for sharing it with us!!!
Lillian (Unstitched.) says
Ohmygosh, that was one of the sweetest stories I've ever heard!! Seriously warmed my heart…congratulations, Jamie, on finding such a wonderful man! 🙂
Seriously amazing story! 😀 Love it!!
Jessi Haish says
Aww this is a great story! 🙂
Thank you Melissa for the opportunity to write a guest post for you.
Thank you to Melissa's followers who commented on my post with such sweet sentiments. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing man in my life!
I hope you will all visit me at http://ilookgoodtoday.com for more!
Shutterbug Mama says
that gave my heart a warm and fuzzy feeling!
Thanks Jamie, for a lovely article. My husband and I have the same forgetful moments too (I have a disability, he is the able-bodied one) and I can totally relate to those moments. But there are other times when he is just so in synch with my needs that he doesn't even think about making adjustments, he just does what needs to get done. And that's what makes us a successful couple – finding that balance between remembering and forgetting.
I hope that one day, when women like you and me, who are married to able-bodied men, tell people our stories, our stories aren't viewed as 'amazing', and that two people who are different physically getting together isn't seen as an exception, but rather part of the norm. Fifty years ago, interracial couples had to struggle against massive prejudice and I am sure some people thought their stories were 'amazing'. Nowadays, interracial marriage is generally not seen as extraordinary, just part of the wide range of diverse partnerships. One day maybe inter-abled (I just made that word up) relationships will be seen as no big deal too.
Hi Anonymous 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story as well! I love your new word "inter-abled!" I have been very blessed that my disability has never gotten in the way of dating. It just so happens that all of the men I have dated have been able bodied, and all of them (not that there has been so many) were 100% accepting. My hubby is also so in synch with me that I don't even have to ask anymore for help. Or sometimes it will just be a look that he knows "assistance is needed." I know you mentioned that you hope one day our relationship won't be looked at as "amazing". I agree. I don't like it when someone acts like it is so great of him to be with me because of the little extras that he may do for me. I do hope that what the see is truly "amazing" is the love we have for one another.
Hope you will visit my blog at http://ilookgoodtoday.com.
Melissa Blake says
THANKS AGAIN to Jamie!!! 🙂
Melissa Blake says
Anon — I love what you say about the balance between forgetting and remembering. SO true!
Dancing Branflake says
This is such a beautiful post! Goodness, what a wonderful love story they have. Thank you for sharing this, Melissa and Jamie.
Thank you Dancing Branflake!
That is amazing, Jamie!!!
Remember how we discussed the only limitations is the ones we place on ourselves? Apparently you have none in his eyes, either. He loves you more than you love yourself!
This is so sweet!
This makes me insanely happy. It good knowing that there are genuinely beautiful people still in this world.
I am definitely one lucky girl. He will tell you he is the lucky one though. I've definitely got a keeper ladies!
Great post! I actually found out about Jamie's blog after after a nice comment she made on here and clicking links…and read quite a bit! It's easy to get hooked! Lovely post, thank you for sharing. He sounds like a sweetheart. And no, not because he does "extras"…simply overall, as a person. 🙂
This is SO good to hear/read! It's just a love-filled story.
I didn't like my husband when we first met–I misunderstood him when he was joking and thought he was insulting me (he was just trying to be funny)! We still laugh about that now.
Ashley Faye says
This is so sweet! I loved reading it.
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