Last winter our 3-year old got into the habit of yelling “Don’t’ Slip!” each morning as my husband braved the snow and ice. Even in the hot summer months, she’d still race down the stairs to make sure to blurt out “Don’t Slip!” and throw her little arms tightly around his neck and touch thumbs while saying “BFF!” Once at the end of church one Sunday, our little daughter even yelled out “Don’t Slip!” to this 90-year old sweet woman with a walker and oxygen tank. It was an awesome moment.
Our good friend is getting his PhD in Marriage & Family therapy and he explained one of his professor's advice. This marriage professor said whenever he'd step through the door, their family dog would go crazy - running around in circles, barking loudly, jumping up and down - that dog was so eager and excited for him to come home! In this professor's marriage they now have a joke about trying to "Beat the Dog," meaning they try to show even more excitement than the dog about each other's arrivals :).
Some days I am watching the clock and so ready for my husband to come home and rescue me! I often want to shove our cute kids into his arms and then fall down right there and sleep! Or maybe all the worries from work or the stresses of life bog you down during these critical, important moments when your paths cross.
Just think.. how can I make it special when my spouse and I meet up for the first time each day or say goodbye in the morning?