Touchy, feeley and emotional are not his style. It doesn't mean he doesn't care. He's not one to send flowers, but he will call me a couple of times a day just to see how it's going or to tell me he loves me. Other men look forward to a week away at deer camp with their buddies, my husband takes his wife and kids because he likes having us around! And I am happy to go. He doesn't plan romantic, candlelit dinners, but he will spend a day walking through an art fair with me just because he knows it makes me happy!
When he does get emotional, pay attention! Because it's few and far between, and usually very poignant. We had just such an evening up at camp. A snort or two of Brandy, and dad was sharing all kinds of insights by the fire! The kids know their dad loves them, he tells them all the time. But usually they spend their time with him goofing around. It was by the fire on our last night that I sat back and watched as Mark had total control of his audience. He shared with them how proud he was of their accomplishments, how they had passed him in ability on differing accounts. Of how much he loved each of them and why. Then he told my sons how special I am. How he couldn't imagine living out our future without me. How lucky they all are to have me as mom.
No mothers day gift, jewelry or flowers could have meant more to me than that evening by the fire. We've been married twenty one years and I love him more each year!