Friday, April 15, 2011

Blue Collar Love Letter { scenes from a marriage }

My Husband,

I know it weighs heavy on you that we don't have 'enough'. I know you want more for your family( of course you do ). I know sometimes you can't sleep just because of how badly you want more for us.

We may not have enough through the years, but we always have plenty.

It's just true. I know you know it, really, if you look hard enough, deep enough. You see the faces of our kids. You see how I look at you.

If I ever make it through The Middle, to the financial place I'm trying to get to with my writing,
then I'd like you to know that some of the things I cherish most about you would be corrupted with change- I am requesting that the following remain the same:

I love that you walk out of 7-11 with a styrofoam coffee cup in your hand, black coffee, and that the jacket across your broad, thick shoulders is a bit worn, ragged on the edges. It makes me want to tear the jacket right off of you and eat your face, kiss you silly, do you on the hood of the car. Your effortless authenticity and grounded ways are the anchor of my life. I love the darkened lines of your workman's hands. I love the paperbacks, wet with bath and coffee, that you read and leave all over the house. I love your thin boxers, hanging over the round tight apple of your beautiful ass. I love your muscled long legs, hard from labor. I love that you think deeply about your political viewpoints from the position of a blue collar worker. I love that you voted Obama. I love that your cell phone doesn't have a 'leather binder' or 'application options' but instead folds open and snaps shut, antenna and all. I love that when you take out your wallet, it's small and wrinkled leather with bills stuffed inside. You don't wear accessories. Your shoes are tennis or Chuck. Your face shows the compassion, exhaustion and resilience of a man working hard for a living. I love that when you take our sons or daughters out, it's for ice cream or nickel arcades or tiny earrings from Claire's. I love that you take our sons to lay concrete for twenty bucks on a Saturday. I love that your first car was a broken down Nova you still miss. Most of all, my darling... I love that when you touch me, kiss me, and lay me down in our bed, you make me feel like a diamond in a coal mine.

Always,

Your Wife
clearness said...

This is very sweet and very similar to what I could write.

Ms. Moon said...

This feels like I am being sacrilegious to comment on.

"The Aimonites" said...

I love that you shared this openly it helps/teaches others like me to express love. I love the way you write and the way you love your husband.

Vashti said...

Goosebumps! x

Ruth said...

I love that you love those things.

Adrienne said...

Every single time I come here you blow me away.

mames said...

Now THAt my beautiful woman, is a love letter. I want to steal your words whole and give them to my husband. What a Lucky woman, what Lucky man.

Josey said...

This reminds me a lot of the love I have for my husband. :) What a beautiful marriage you have. Nothing is perfect, but it is perfect for us at the time it needs to be.

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Maggie, I feel the same way as Ms. Moon.

Beautiful.

anymommy said...

Your love is gorgeous, Maggie, and your writing? Stunning. Seriously, if I could describe a character for a novel like that, I'd be a happy, happy lady.

Jeanne said...

This could be a description of a Young Dog.

I love that you two are so good together.

justmakingourway said...

Stunningly beautiful and intimate, Maggie. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Evangeline said...

Remind me again why your books aren't clogging up the best seller lists? They ought to be. One day they will!

This was so beautifully written. So intimate and honest. Wonderful stuff.

Lovely World said...

I LOVE this. Just perfect. And, as Passover begins (even if you are not Jewish), we can remember an important refrain of this holiday's story: "And it would have been enough."

Middle Child said...

You made me cry - that is exactly how I felt/feel about my husband - he was a blue collar worker with muscled and a face to die for - and he loved us. Even after he broke his neck , as a quadriplegic for the nest 25 years he was more of a man than any other man I have known - and he made my days interesting -so good to hear how others love

Micheal Belayudam said...

I enjoyed reading your love letters.One of the best love letters i have seen so far.


Letters of Intent

Bethany said...

goosebumps and tears.

Elizabeth @claritychaos said...

Gorgeous. Inspiring. I love reading and seeing the love between married couples with children. The passion can remain - must remain, really.

Love this.

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