Let me count the ways…

This is an email I wrote to my wife when we were engaged to be married. She was in Canada. I was in California establishing residency—a necessary part of the immigration process.

I post it here because I never want to forget it.


Mellisa & I. Ireland, 2005

Mellisa & I. Ireland, 2005


Let me count the ways…

  1. Because of the way I grin when I can hear you laughing in my head
  2. Because you laugh so much
  3. Because of the way you look when you dance
  4. Because we make up with each other almost better than we fight with each other
  5. Because make up sex with you will be probably the best thing ever
  6. Because I want to get over myself and make up with you
  7. Because the way you sing
  8. Because I want to sing with you so bad
  9. Because our kids will grow up hearing us sing all their lives
  10. Because you admire me (though it’s often communicated as fear or competition)
  11. Back to the make up sex thing
  12. Because I asked God for a wife that would honestly make me laugh
  13. You are truly good at being funny. like, clever and insightful comedy… nothing gets me more

You are the woman I want to be with forever. I refuse to live my life without you, you’ve said yes, so you’re mine, and I WIN! after tonight, 14 more sleeps. Are we there yet?

Sincerely, Your personal muscly armed paper boy

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