My Resolution for the New Year (#14)


This past September, my wife and I, celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We’ve experienced a few tough times, but after all these years we remain committed to each other.

A few weeks ago we had just finished putting up our Christmas tree, and were relaxing with cups of strong hot coffee. Like most long-term married couples, we’ve become comfortable together, and enjoy an easy banter, which often involves gentle teasing.

I asked my wife if she’d decided yet, whether she’d keep me for another year, or trade me in for a newer model. Smiling, she replied,

“I’m still thinking about it, and you’re still my first choice; Though, there is a new UPS driver at work who came in yesterday with quite a package.”

I then said, “Honey, what is it that makes me your first choice?” After thinking for a moment, she replied, “I don’t know. I guess it’s because you’re sturdy, dependable, solid, and hard-working.’’ I said,

“That makes me sound like a washing machine!” She laughed and said, “Okay, how about you’re a good man, generous, have a great sense of humor, and I love the way you laugh.” “So now you love me, because I remind you of Santa Claus?”

I guess I should be thankful she didn’t say I was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. I’d then have to squeeze into my old Boy Scout uniform, help elderly women cross the street, and earn merit badges by preparing romantic dinners, massaging her feet, and doing extra housework.

After thinking about our conversation, I’ve decided to make a New Year’s resolution. For 2015, I’m going to do everything in my power to become just like those men on the covers of women’s romance novels. By this time next year, when I ask my wife what it is that she likes about me, I’ll hear,

“You’re exciting, spontaneous, sexy, fit, have six-pack abs, are ruggedly handsome, have magnificent hair, a great chest, dark, penetrating eyes, and are mysterious, dangerous, and unpredictable.”

Or, better yet; she may say nothing at all. She may gaze deeply into my eyes, throw down her romance novel, gently grasp my hand, and lead me slowly toward the……….. Sorry, but this is a family oriented blog. You’ll just have to use your imagination. Have a wonderful, happy and successful New Year, and wish me luck.


About Patrick Dykie

I'm a simple, middle class family man, living a quiet life in eastern Pennsylvania. I love to write and make people laugh. During the day, I'm a fire protection consultant, and at night I'm working hard to be a writer. I've faced some things over the past few years that have slowed me down in my dreams, but I have always been an optimist. Over the past few years, I've written a number of books, but none have been published. That's about to change. I will be self-publishing "Simple observations" in the next few months. Thank you for coming to my site. I hope you enjoy the visit.
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3 Responses to My Resolution for the New Year (#14)

  1. Shonnie says:

    I wish you the very best of luck making all that happen in just a year. This year will be 27 for me an the hubs …. seriously LIKE my man … and his often-pregger belly. hehehehehe

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