grat·i·tude [grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:

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19396485I have been married to a teddy bear of a man who gives great hugs, has been there for every single kid-catastrophe, including speeding tickets and Kathleen not putting oil in the lawn mower resulting in its early demise (Kathleen, I will share the blame on that one – didn’t we put the oil in the wrong place?) He is the calm, I am the storm. I am an awful-izer, he is the optimist. But we’re a team. I scream and wring my hands, he thinks it over while he mutters.

Catch that difference? Muttering vs. screaming. He’s been with me through several miscarriages, knowing when to comfort and when to just be with me in my grief. When to step in and when to step back. He was there with me in the car on the way over to my dad’s retirement home, the morning he didn’t show up…

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