I have been down and out the past two days so no pictures to show nor events to record. A mild cold caught me and I've been sleeping away ever since. Not so great for my schedule. I really had lots I needed to get done... But lazing about has been nice too.
Tetsu is a natural born nurturer. He's not around much during our normal days but when I get under the weather he comes through with flying colors! His presence is comforting and he works like a beaver so that I feel guilty for all that I don't do and don't get done for him. Yesterday he spent most of the morning when I was sleeping, cleaning the upstairs. Yes, I knew the laundry room was getting out of hand but I didn't realize he'd have to work an hour or more folding clothes, stacking Christmas boxes and putting the whole room back together! And this morning, Tetsu's worked an hour or so vacuuming, cleaning Choco's cage, shaking out sofa covers and in general making the downstairs nice. Tetsu has always been someone who can fix something that is broken, who cheerfully does the dirty work, and he has old-fashioned ideas of "men-work" and "women-work" which I guess doesn't include vacuuming and folding laundry.
28 years ago I finally accepted Tetsu's proposal of marriage the night he stayed at my apartment until 2:00 AM un-thawing the pipes that had frozen. We lived in icy Morioka where the temperatures plummeted in the winter and I would wake up in the mornings with a layer of ice on the bathwater (bathwater is reheated for multiple usage). We had dated for over a year and Tetsu had already introduced the topic of marriage but I just couldn't see me living out my life in Japan, not to mention that I didn't really speak Japanese all that well and Tetsu's English was nil. International marriage? Very impractical idea.
However, in late January after an all day date Tetsu took me back to my frozen apartment where I found that the pipes had frozen. Being a Southern California girl I had absolutely no idea how to go about de-frosting them but Tetsu took over and spent an hour or more wrapping the outdoor pipes in towels and pouring hot water over them (probably had to break the ice in the bathtub to get the water to begin with!) There I was, in the warm apartment and Tetsu outside in the frozen night air cheerfully taking care of me. That night it struck me that I'd found somebody I'd be safe with for the rest of my life even if it did mean I'd be living in Japan. I was good for him (I made him laugh) and he was good for me. But I think I got the better deal.
Even though it sounds very old fashioned, Tetsu is still cheerfully taking care of me. I don't know about how much I make him laugh but he says I'm good for him and I know he's the best for me!
Sorry. When I'm sick I get all gushy and nostalgic.