I love you, you know. There are times when you probably don't know how much I appreciate you as well. Like now, for instance. Even though you were sick yourself for about a week and are still feeling the lingering effects, you still take care of me, in my own whining, gross, pathetic moments of "honey, would you...?"
*in this case, ... could mean but is not limited to: bring me a cup of tea; make me a pot of tea; put honey in my tea; cover me with the blanket I just threw on the floor; bring me my inhaler; pick up my inhaler I just knocked on the floor; heat my neck roll; bring me my hot neck roll; bring me a towel to wrap the too hot neck roll in; buy me a bag of lemons; get me another box of tissues; bring me a bag to put my used tissues in; pull off my socks; take my temperature; put on my socks; tuck me in; help me out of bed; take the dog out of bed and close the bedroom door; bring me the lil'st dog so I can cuddle her; hold my hand; bring me the pillow; no, not that pillow, the other pillow; make me jello; bring me a popsicle; heat me some soup; put the soup away; call the doctor's office; drive me to the clinic; give me a hug; hug me again; wait, i need to cough; ok, now another hug; tell me a story...
Even when I am at my worst, you love me and I appreciate that oh so much. Because I know how hard it can be to put up with me when I am irritable, sniveling, snotting, whining, impatient, and confusing. And I appreciate you because I know that you don't have to put up with me, but do it anyway.
I love you so. I know that we had special plans for tomorrow, your birthday. I know that you understand that it is not an optimal time for either of us, and I know that sucks for both of us. Even though you have a whiny wife full of flu right now, it won't always be this way. And we'll celebrate your birthday when things are looking much better.
In the meantime, do something for you, and not for me, and not for our three lil dogs. Have a happy birthday in some meaningful way that is special for YOU. I love you, Debra
Oh, and would you please shut the drapes?