Nope, this blog has nothing to do with Simba the Lion lounging in the background. If you aren't interested in reading a post where I'm up on my soapbox, stop reading now. However, please remember that this is my blog and I can write whatever I want! (Well, within reason...I am a state employee and am therefore held to a higher standard, so commenting about confidential work matters are a no-no.)
ANYWAY, see the shirt Matt is wearing? It has evoked quite a few comments whenever he wears it. Unfortunately, most of them are mocking. Almost everyone asks if I bought it for him (For the record, he wanted it, but we couldn't find it at the store in his size, so I ordered it. Technically, I suppose I bought it for him...but he wanted it!) When Matt answers no, that he just loves his wife, people ask if he wears it when he's in trouble. He usually smiles and says that he just loves his wife. One person even had the gall to ask if there was a punch line on the back or something! She went as far as to grab her friend and say, Look at this guy's shirt! It isn't even a joke! They just can't quite believe that a guy would just wear a shirt proclaiming his love for his wife.
I have an "I Love My Husband" shirt that I bought myself, but the comments I get are very different. I think that's because it's okay for a girl to show a bit of emotion and feeling, but most people say I have a cute shirt. I do get the occasional, "Do you think I can get my wife to wear that??" every now and then, but Matt is definitely the one who gets more of the tongue-in-cheek comments.
We did get ONE positive comment from our waitress about Matt's shirt who remarked at how refreshing it is to see a husband proclaiming his love for his wife. That's the only truly positive comment we've heard about it outside of church/Christian friends.
I have to say that I think this is a sad reflection of our society. In a country where 50% of couples divorce, it's nearly impossible for people to acknowledge that a husband and wife could love each other for the long haul. Does anyone else agree with me that this is a rather pitiful reality?!?
We're not perfect. We fight. (Ohhh, we fight!) I put Matt down and criticize him. He gets annoyed with my ways and lets me down sometimes. But we're committed to each other, and that's something, right?
Okay, I'm climbing down off my soapbox now. I'll tell you one thing...our shirts do give us opportunities to talk to people!! :)